September 20th, 2011
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Sushma misinterpreted me: Mufti

muftiNew Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (PDP) leader Sushma Swaraj’s claim that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti had praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, sparked off a political row in Kashmir with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah slamming her for her comments.

Mehbooba Mufti denied reports of her praise of Mr. Modi at a recent meeting of the National Integration Council in Delhi and said her remarks were quoted out of context. She asked the Centre to release the transcript of her speech to clear the misgivings. “The remarks associated with me that I have praised the Gujarat Chief Minister are incorrect. It is very unfortunate that Leader of the Opposition (Sushma Swaraj) has misquoted me,” Ms. Mufti told reporters in Srinagar.

However, Omar Abdullah criticised her for making a u-turn on the issue. “It’s surprising that she denied praising Modi when she knows very well that others heard her,” he said. “I am not surprised Mehbooba praised Modi, she can praise whoever she likes; I am surprised she would deny it knowing others heard her speech,” Mr. Omar tweeted.

“It would be much more graceful to accept her praise of Modi rather than calling Sushma Swaraj a liar,” he added.

Ms. Swaraj had yesterday said in Ahmedabad that the PDP president has praised Mr. Modi’s work ethics during the NIC meet. “If Advani praises him (Modi) it is out of love, if I praise him it is out of duty. But when rivals like Mehbooba Mufti praise him, it is great,” Swaraj had commented.

In Delhi, Home Secretary R. K. Singh told reporters that the proceedings of the NIC meeting will be circulated to all members. “We will examine it…NIC proceedings are distributed to members every time and we will do this time also,” Mr. Singh said.

Taking a dig at both the BJP and the ruling National Conference, Ms. Mufti said if BJP was so “desperate” it was better for them to quote their former ally Farooq Abdullah.


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