Masarat Release not part of CMP: BJP
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Cracks appeared between PDP-BJP coalition government over the release of hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam, with the saffron party slamming the “unilateral” decision and warning that such things would not be tolerated.
BJP said the decision was not a part of Common Minimum Programme on the basis of which the alliance government is being run in Jammu and Kashmir but PDP differed, insisting that it is in tune with the CMP.
“Our party was not even consulted before the decision was taken,” State BJP chief and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma said in Jammu .
Senior state BJP leaders met in Jammu today to discuss the issue. Jugal said that his party will convey its “displeasure” to PDP leadership and ask it to follow the “coalition dharma”.
The State BJP Chief said that BJP has taken “very seriously” the “unilateral” decision of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed adding the party is “deeply hurt by the release of the hardline separatist leader which has kicked up a major controversy.
PDP spokesman and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, on the other hand, said the decision was in line with the CMP which talks about engaging all stakeholders for establishing peace in Jammu and Kashmir.