'Leaders With 56-inch Chest Should Answer on Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's Statement': Nitish Kumar's Jibe at PM Narendra Modi

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'Leaders With 56-inch Chest Should Answer on Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's Statement': Nitish Kumar's Jibe at PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed at the oath ceremony of the PDP-BJP government (Agence France-Presse photo)

New Delhi:  Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's remarks crediting Pakistan for peaceful elections in the state last year has triggered a massive political controversy.

"I want to say on record and I have told this to the Prime Minister, that we must credit the Hurriyat, Pakistan and militant outfits for the conduct of assembly elections in the state," Mr Sayeed said on Sunday, soon after the swearing-in of the PDP-BJP coalition government.
Here are some of the political reactions:
  • "Our government and BJP fully dissociates with the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed crediting Pakistan and Hurriyat for smooth conduct of assembly polls."

    Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister

     
  • "He (Sayeed) will know that the entire House is against his remarks. It (smooth elections) happened because of people of the state, the government servants, but they are saying it happened due to Pakistan. The Prime Minister should come and condemn the remarks. What has the Chief Minister told the Prime Minister?"

    Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha

     
  • "My father is a man of peace, he believes in the democratic process... There was less violence this time compared to the Lok Sabha polls."

    Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader

     
  • "Has Mufti decided the Modi-Mufti accord was a mistake? Are the Father-Daughter duo trying to force BJP to break off the alliance? #wondering"

    Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister

     
  • "The honeymoon didn't seem to last very long because today, the Home Minister has dissociated his government and party from the statement of his partner and has more or less discredited his partner by saying that the conversation with the Prime Minister that the Chief Minister claimed has happened, has never happened."

    Shashi Tharoor, Leader, Congress

     
  • "Leaders with 56 inch of chest should answer this on Mufti's statement... This coalition will segregate the public of Jammu and Kashmir."

    Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader

     
  • "Both BJP and PDP have different ideology and policy. Both have started giving different views after the formation of the government. I do not think the coalition government will continue for long."

    Mayawati, BSP Chief

     


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