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PM Modi disapproves of J&K CM Mufti's remarks, says zero tolerance to terror

Mar 03, 2015 06:30 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the People's Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir will run on Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and not on comments.

The PM's remark was on the controversy generated by J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's comment in which he credited the peaceful elections in the State to Pakistan, Hurriyat and terrorists. Modi was replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address.

"I want to assure the people of India that the government in J&K will run on a CMP. Our policy is zero tolerance on terror," the PM said.

"Whosoever gives statements and we give clarification is not the way government will run. We will fulfill the trust. We will not sacrifice safety and security," the PM said.

He said the Centre trusted the people of Jammu and Kashmir. "The people of Kashmir have voted for progress and change. They have trusted us. We will uphold it," he said.

The PM also clarified that the Centre never threatened anyone on the black money issue. In a democracy threats do not work. This nation did not bend during the Emergency also, he said.

The PM said no threat was issued to any Opposition party on the issue of black money. In fact he was threatened with jail for 14 years that he was CM of Gujarat, he said.

He reiterated what he had said from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day that he credits every Government, every PM and every state government with making contributions for India's progress.

Modi also replied to Opposition's charge on renaming the schemes of the UPA government and continuing them in the NDA regime. He claimed that in fact the UPA government had renamed schemes started by the Vajpayee government.

He refuted the Opposition's charges that his government was soft towards the corporate houses. He said, "Is this Swachhata Abhiyaan for corporates? Can we not provide basic cleanliness facilities to the people? Is Jan Dhan about corporate? When we build toilets in schools, is this for corporates? Are soil health cards for corporate?"

The PM sought the cooperation of the Congress too for development of the country. "I believe that to take the nation to the next level we will have to work together and focus on India's social issues. We will ask the Congress-ruled states to come with us in this national cause," he said.

The PM replied to the Congress' charges on controversial transfers in bureaucracy. "Do we remember what happened in 2004? In 2004, the Cabinet Secretary was removed and the Foreign Secretary was made without regarding seniority. You insulted Governors and removed them," the PM said.

Talking about developmental works undertaken by his government, the PM claimed that it has cleared projects that were stuck for several years. "We decided that every proposal will be cleared in 60 days. This is good governance. Development can happen through 'Neeti' (policy) and 'Reeti' (manner)," he said.

Modi said the government is giving importance to a digital India and mobile governance.