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Alliance with BJP is like father’s ‘will’: Mehbooba

Hinting at going ahead with BJP in government formation, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti today said her late father Mufti Sayeed’s decision to have the alliance with the saffron party was like a “will” to be fufilled by his children even if they get “consumed” while doing so.

Mehbooba, seen as successor to Sayeed as Chief Minister, said her father’s decision to ally with BJP was “patther ki lakeer (something carved in stone)” and “I stand by his word”.

At the same time, she maintained that forward movement on implementation of the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ by the BJP-led central government is a pre-requisite for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir which is under Governor’s Rule since January 8.

“I want to make one thing clear, that it (alliance with BJP) is a decision taken by Sayeed and I respect it. When a father makes a ‘will’ to his children, it’s their responsibility to fulfill that ‘will’ even if they get consumed while doing so,” the PDP leader said.

“For me, the decision of my father is ‘Patther ki lakeer’,” she told party workers at Kupwara in north Kashmir.

Mehbooba said the decision of Sayeed to form an alliance government with BJP and “to shake hands with the government at the Centre was for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, to maintain unity of the state, and for peace and development.”

However, there is another aspect of that decision that it was aimed at benefiting the people of the state through implementation of the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ chalked out between the two parties, she said.

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