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Jammu : With her Government under fire from the opposition over the Law and Order situation in the Valley,Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday urged the people of the state to shun the path of violence and respect the Indian Constitution.
“Hum J&K constitution ko, mulk ki constitution ko nahi maante, to kis ko maante hain?Fir aapko milne waala kya hai?Kahan se milega? Mai aaj record pe ye baat laana chahti hun-J&K ke jo bhi log hain- jo milne waala hai isi mulq se milega aur kahin se kuch nahi milega (If we are not agreeing with the J&K constitution and Indian constitution, then what do we believe in?..What would you gain from such a stance? Today, I would like to bring on record that the people of the state would gain from only India and not from anywhere else),” Mufti was quoted as saying by ANI.
The chief minister added that her state’s assembly is the most empowered one in the country. “Ours is the most empowered assembly in the country. Goods & Services Tax was implemented in the entire nation at once except J&K where it was implemented only after proper debate in this assembly,” she said.
Mufti further said that she wants to put it on record that whatever people of J&K would get, they would get it only from India and nowhere else.
‘Ek jo political issue hai, usko religious issue ki tarah hijack na kiya jaaye. Mulq mein kya ho raha hai, kya nahin ho raha hai, magar hamari alliance mein harmony hai. Itna accha lagta hai jab subah mandir ki ghanti, uske baad azaan or din ko gurbani sunti hun’
This comes days after Mufti, in an open plea, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan to bury the hatchet and become friends for the sake of local Kashmiris and jawans on the border.
“Sarhad paar Pakistan ko bhi main guzarish karti hun, apne mulk ke wazire-e-azam ko bhi guzarish karti hun- Jammu Kashmir ke logon ko is daldal se nikalne ke liye, hamare jawano ki hifazat ke liye, aapas me sulah karo, baatcheet karo, dosti karo (I request Pakistanis across the border and my country’s Prime Minister to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir come out of this mess and protect our jawans by finding solutions, holding dialogues and becoming friends),” said Mufti while addressing a rally in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday.
Ours is the most empowered assembly in the country. Goods & Services Tax (GST) was implemented in the entire nation at once except J&K where it was implemented only after proper debate in this assembly: Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in J&K assembly
The Chief Minister in her reply to the Governors address also said that care has to be taken that Kashmir issue is not highlighted a religious issue as religious diversity is the strength of people of Jammu & Kashmir. She also welcomed Farooq Abdullah’s remark in which he (Farooq) said ” Narendra Modi the incumbent Prime Minister commanding absolute majority in the parliamentary can resolve Kashmir issue.
Touching upon the issue of the rising tendency of youth to join the militant ranks Mehbooba said Burhani Wani was the creation of the previous regime but care has to be taken the youth taking violent path don’t become a challenge for the governments in future. She said Kashmiri for which Kashmir is known is visible in Kashmir and missing in Jammu and alleged that opposition parties are talking different languages in Srinagar and Jammu.
Saying that the incumbent government is setting up AIIMS in Srinagar in Jammu Chief Minister said ” late Sheikh Mohammad built up SKIMS in Kashmir but no such institute in Jammu”. She welcomed the remarks of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for acknowledging the performance of the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led PDP-Congress coalition government and credited the achievements of then Mufti government in Jammu & Kashmir to the friendly gestures of then Prime Minister Attal Bihari Vajpayee, She recalled the historical steps taken by then Prime Minister Vajpayee including his bus ride to Lahore and repeated military adventures including war in Kargil. Regretting the increasing tendency of youth for taking to violent paths she hoped a scholar who has joined militant ranks will pay heed to the calls of return made to him by his colleagues and the family. She said that as regards the issue of political engagement government can’t force people to come forward for talks but Dineshwar Sharma appointed with a cabinet secretary rank the highest position in the country’s bureaucracy would get encouraging responses from the people who have refused to talk to him so for. Exuding confidence that the recent meeting between the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of India and Pakistan would mark the beginning of a new phase of cordiality between the two countries the Chief Minister said that stability in Indo-Pak relations would bring a perceptible change in the security and political scenario of Jammu & Kashmir.
She claimed that regularization of 60,000 casual labours is the biggest welfare measure of her government and alleged that previous government had exploited youth in the name of employment and taken huge bribes from them for the temporary engagements. Touching upon the purposes of her political outreach initiative the Chief Minister said that she during public darbars took on board the MLAs of the opposition parties and exhorted officers to work overtime for fully implementing the decisions and programs of the government in next two years. She said Panchayat elections to be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner would further speed up the process of development.

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