Mufti Sayeed credits Pakistan, militants for peaceful polls in J&K
JAMMU: Soon after
taking oath, J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday stoked a
controversy saying Hurriyat, militant outfits and “people from across the
border”, an oblique reference to Pakistan, allowed conducive atmosphere for
assembly polls, drawing sharp reaction from NC leader Omar Abdullah who
demanded that BJP clarify its stand.
“I want to say this on
record and I have told this to the Prime Minister that we must credit the
Hurriyat, Pakistan, militant outfits for the conduct of assembly elections in
the state,” Sayeed said during a press conference here after being sworn in as
head of the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir at a ceremony which was
attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Flanked by deputy chief
minister Nirmal Singh of BJP and newly inducted cabinet minister Haseeb Drabu,
Sayeed said, “God forbid if they (militants) would have done something. It
would not have been possible to have smooth conduct of the elections.”
Sayeed said that he
felt proud that the people in the heart of Srinagar city came out in large
number to vote and thanked the “people from across the border” for the
“conducive atmosphere” for the smooth conduct of the elections.
“People from across the
border made the atmosphere conducive. They also allowed the democratic process
to continue in the state. This gives us a hope,” he said in a reference to
Former Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah hit out at Sayeed’s remarks and asked BJP to explain its stand. “Pakistan,
Huriyaat & Militants ALLOWED Peaceful conduct of elections” says Syeed, I
guess we should be grateful to their generosity (sic).
“Dear @BJP4India Please
explain role of security forces & Polling staff considering your CM just
said, “Pakistan allowed elections in J&K”, Omar wrote on the microblogging
On a retweet about BJP
worker in Jammu celebrating Omar wrote, “Or Just thanking Pak for JK
Panthers Party chief
Bhim Singh also reacted sharply saying it was PDP’s agenda to create communal
divide in the state even as he sought an explanation from Narendra Modi.
“If the elections took
place peacefully in J-K, if people’s participation was there, it was mainly
because of the contribution and the cooperation of the Indian Army,” Singh