Jammu and Kashmir’s first woman chief minister describes her experience working with the coalition of BJP as ‘not easy’. She compared it with having a cup of poison. This was her first public meeting ever since she left chief minister position last month after BJP took away its support in June. This alliance with BJP has cost Peoples Democratic Party a great deal of crisis. The decision making power had slipped away from her hands and was reduced to almost nothing. She was talking on the occasion of PDP’s foundation day which was founded by her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 1999.
In 2015 when the PDP had joined hands with the Bhartiya Janata Party, Congress had called it an unholy alliance. Later Congress and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah had criticised her for the worsening law and order situation in the state when she held the position of CM in Kashmir.
Mehbooba Mufti explains that she was never in the favour of this alliance and had questioned her father over his decision. But he had a countermanded her opinion saying that the coalition is meant to end the sufferings of people in Kashmir. According to Mehbooba Mufti, after her father’s demise she was not willing to become the chief minister, but was compelled to go ahead with the decision.
Concluding her statement, she requested the Prime Minister Modi to respond to the overtures Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan. She herself congratulated him over his victory and appealed PM Modi to give positive signals over his approach.