Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Saturday hoped that the resolution passed unanimously by the State Legislature on Friday will help restore confidence of the people in the secular fabric of the country. He said India is proud of its diversity and no one will be allowed to repeat 1947 when the country witnessed bloodshed and partition in the name of religion. “A loud and clear message of pluralism and tolerance has been conveyed from this august House to the country yesterday. I am sure it will bear positive results and blow away the clouds of uncertainty,” he said. The Chief Minister was speaking during the Motion of Thanks on the concluding day of the Autumn Session of the Legislative Assembly, here today. Asking people to protect the country’s multicultural ethos and inclusiveness, Mufti Sayeed said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, won overwhelming mandate of the people for taking country forward on the path of development. “United we stand, divided we fall. Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas is not a mere slogan but a clear message that hatred will lead us nowhere,” he stated. Reflecting upon the brief Autumn Session of the Legislative Assembly that ended today, the Chief Minister said the opposition’s role is to keep the government on its toes and hold it accountable, so that shortcomings in good governance are identified and removed. He said he made it a point to come to the House everyday to witness the proceedings. “Some unfortunate incidents did take place during the Session, which could have been avoided,” he said, while referring to the disruptions of the House proceedings during the first few days of the Session. Emphasising upon safeguarding the sanctity of the Legislative Assembly, Mufti Sayeed called upon the Opposition and Treasury benches to draw the line and maintain dignity of the House. “I am thankful to the opposition for playing a constructive role during the brief session of the Assembly,” he added. The Chief Minister said he was first elected to the Assembly in 1962 when Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad was the Prime Minister of the state. He said over the years he is impressed by the improvement in the quality of debate. “Some of the members in the House are really good and with their articulation, they have been able to highlight certain important issues of their constituencies,” he added.
2015 Kashmir Despatch