Only Modi can resolveKashmir issue: Mehbooba

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi alone can help the people of the state in the ongoing troubling circumstances.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a flyover in Jammu, she claimed that the situation in the disputed state was the result of pent up anger due to failure of the Congress-led former government to continue with the policy started by the previous NDA government.

She said, any decision by Prime Minister regarding Kashmir would be acceptable to the whole nation.

On recent incident of cow vigilantes attacking a nomad family in Reasi district of Jammu province in which five people were injured, Mehbooba said nobody would be allowed to disturb the peaceful atmosphere and mischief mongers would be dealt with sternly.

"The Prime Minister of our country has been given a very strong mandate by the people".

She recalled how her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and then PM Atal Behari Vajpayee tried their best to restore peace and normalcy in the state.

Mehbooba also said how Modi's predecessor Manmohan Singh, who was PM for 10 years, also may have had a desire to see his birth home in Pakistan.

Other reports suggested that Mehbooba had pleaded to talk to all stakeholders, including pro-freedom group, which was denied by the centre, terming that it will indicate weakness.

The NC said that the Chief Minister's continued and unconditional loyalty to the BJP and the Prime Minister in light of her declaration that Modi was Kashmir's "only hope" despite the Central government's refusal to even acknowledge the political nature of the Kashmir issue her "sycophancy is unbecoming and has denigrated the sanctity of the J&K Chief Minister's office".

On Saturday, Mehbooba Mufti also praised Narendra Modi for his last year's surprise visit to Lahore during Christmas. "Whosoever takes law in own hands would be dealt with appropriately", she said and cautioned people against "nefarious designs" of some "negative elements" who wanted to derail the developmental process in Jammu region by creating an atmosphere of hate.

"Unfortunately Mufti Sahib left us and Vajpayee government is also not there and the situation is back to square one".

"Jammu has many tourist destinations and we are trying to develop them", Mufti added. "He was successful to a large extent in shortest of period", she Mufti said. These were not small developments. She said that there was pent-up lava.