New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time admitted that there are problems in the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir.
In an interview to Hindustan Times Modi said, "These are teething troubles. We need to have patience. I myself and my party have made our stand very clear that any lenience towards anti-national elements and terrorists will not be acceptable. However, we should not forget the larger picture. The alliance in Jammu and Kashmir has the potential to resolve one of our most difficult national problems through people's participation and good governance."
The PDP faced flak from the opposition parties over the release Kashmir separatist leader Masarat Alam on March 7 from jail despite protests by its ally BJP, which also issued an ultimatum to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's party to mend its ways. The Prime Minister revealed that the Centre was kept in the dark over the decision. He said Alam was released without informing or consulting the Centre.
He also spoke about the BJP's loss in the Delhi Assembly elections 2015 and on how the 'Modi wave' is abating. "We respect the verdict of the people of Delhi. I find it amusing to hear that those who did not talk about a 'Modi wave' in the context of the outcome of the 2014 general elections are now engaged in intense discussion regarding the 'Modi wave'. I can say with confidence that we fully enjoy the love and trust of the people of the country," he said.
BJP was steamrolled by the two-year-old Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections. In a historic verdict, AAP swept the Delhi polls by 67 out of the 70 seats and the BJP managing just 3 seats.
The Prime Minister also broke his silence on controversial statements made by several Union Ministers and BJP leaders. He indicated his disapproval of these comments. However, he also added that he could not be expected to publicly clarify or make statements every time something like that happened.
BJP faced criticism over several controversial remarks by its leaders. Lok Sabha MP Giriraj Singh recently had said that if late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian women, she would not have become the Congress president because she would not have been white-skinned like Sonia Gandhi.
Even BJP ally Upendra Kushwaha, President of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), criticised Giriraj's remarks on Sonia Gandhi. Even after expressing regret over his comment, Singh received a lot of criticism from various sections of the society.
Talking about the bottlenecks in the Rajya Sabha where the BJP-led NDA is in minority, Modi said, "We believe in dialogue with both allies and opposition parties. I have myself appealed in Parliament that we are ready to discuss and accommodate any issues where political parties have a different view. I do hope that most of the parties would cooperate on issues of urgent national importance and adopt a bipartisan stance."