Mumbai, March 17: Mehbooba Mufti, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday has rejected the allegations made upon Prime Minister Modi that he is authoritarian in his approach and said that he is open to all ideas.
Mufti while speaking in a debate at India Today Conclave 2017, ridiculed the allegation made upon PM Modi and said, “PM Modi comes from a grassroot level and after having met him so many times, I feel he is open to all the ideas.” "Contrary to perception and allegations by some PM Modi is not centralized. He wants to make it a true federal system in the country. He has the moral authority to do it," Mehbooba added.
Mufti stated, “Despite of the fact that people say that PM Modi has centralised power, I think with NITI Aayog and GST coming up, he has done the reverse and is trying to evolve the country as a true federal structure,” adding, “If he (Modi) has a moral authority and is getting too many votes that doesn't mean he is an authoritarian. My personal experience is, PM Modi, is open to ideas.”
CM Mufti also informed about PM's quick reaction after the 2014 Kashmir floods. Mufti said, “Within no time PM Modi visited Jammu and Kashmir after the floods and quickly announced a relief monetary package for the state.” She further said, either Atal Bihar Vajpayee or Narendra Modi both as a PM has done a great job and quickly provided what all Kashmir needed.
On this occasion, CM Mufti also invited the businessmen and investors from Mumbai in Kashmir Valley and said "Kashmir is the safest place for women even when encounters are taking place. Come not only to invest. Come to Kashmir with your families." Mehbooba also said that the Centre and the state government both need to think about phasing out AFSPA from the Kashmir Valley.
Notably, In the India Todays conclave 2017, apart from Mufti, Maharashtra’s CM Devendra Fadnavis and Madhya Pradesh’s CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also participated in the debate.