Tamil Diplomat

Modi govt ‘disassociates’ itself from Mufti remarks

The Opposition demanded a resolution condemning Mr. Sayeed’s statement crediting “separatists” and “outsiders” for the peaceful conduct of elections in J&K.

The Government and the BJP on Monday “totally disassociated” itself from Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s statement crediting “separatists” and “outsiders” for the peaceful conduct of elections in the State. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also denied Mr. Sayeed’s claim that he had discussed this with the Prime Minister.

“Our government and party totally disassociates itself from the Chief Minister’s statement,” Mr. Singh informed the Lok Sabha when the issue was raised by Congress member K. C. Venugopal during Zero Hour. He echoed the Opposition’s assertion that credit for the smooth conduct of the polls and wide participation of the people in the electoral process should go to the people of the State, the Election Commission of India and the security forces.

To the Opposition demand that a clarification be made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Home Minister said he was making this statement after consulting him. The Opposition also demanded a resolution condemning the statement and a clarification from Mr. Modi since Mr. Sayeed is on record stating that he had communicated his view to the Prime Minister.