Modi indulging in negative campaign: Mufti

Modi indulging in negative campaign: Mufti

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron and its chief ministerial candidate Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in viciously negative election campaign instead of helping build bonds between Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country.

“The prime minister has to be a building force. He does not have the liberty to get into the agitational and divisive mode for electoral gains but has the responsibility of building bonds and help resolve issues where they exist,” Mufti said while addressing an election rally in Rajouri district of Jammu region.

“Jammu and Kashmir is core component of the idea of India and any attempt at subverting its integrity would be resisted firmly by PDP,” he asserted.

At an election rally in Jammu on Tuesday, Modi had said there was a feeling among the people of Jammu that they have been discriminated against and have not been given their rightful share in development.

Reacting to his assertions, Mufti said nobody can find fault with the attempts by Modi, as a BJP leader, to seek majority anywhere in the country. “But it seems he (Modi) is getting carried away by his party’s agenda so much that his responsibilities as the prime minister of the country are getting overlooked completely,” he claimed and added that ideally, no prime minister would like to become part of victory or loss in a state election.

“But since Modi has chosen to be so, it would have been expected of him to refrain from taking the election rhetoric to a level which normally should have been left to his party functionaries in the state,” Mufti, former Union home minister, said.

“J&K, as the only Muslim majority state of the country, is the centrepiece of the idea of India as its accession has lent credibility to our global acknowledgement as a secular democracy. Nothing should be done or would be endorsed by a large majority of the people in the country or the state to devalue this asset,” the PDP patron said.

The state has already suffered much due to the sub-continent’s turbulent political history and it does not want a similar situation as a result of ‘divisive politics,’ Mufti added.

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