Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday received the first Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Award for probity in politics and public life from the J&K Governor NN Vohra in a function here. The award was constituted by the ruling PDP to commemorate the second death anniversary of Mufti who was Chief Minister twice and also India’s Home Minister in the VP Singh government. He died on 7 January 2016 after a brief illness.

The Indian-origin UK politician Lord Meghnad Desai delivered lecture on “Devolving Power: The British Experience” on the occasion.

Besides J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the deputy chief ministers of J&K and Bihar, Nirmal Singh and Sushil Modi, were also present there.

Speaking after the award ceremony, Nitish in the context of J&K said that “no solution would come through confrontation and all disputes can be resolved through dialogue”.

Nitish said it was a moment of happiness for him and Bihar for the honour conferred on him by the Jammu and Kashmir government. “My focus is on development, peace and corruption free and transparent governance in Bihar”, he said.

Nitish described the Mufti as a “tall political leader” and the only Muslim home minister of India who worked for peace.

Vohra said “There are lot of disruptions in academics, exams, results are delayed due to so-called domestic and non-domestic issues, an environment has been created which pulls entire policy back.”

While referring to late Mufti, Vohra said “he would call officers even during my meetings with him and get issues solved.”

Mehbooba said there was no better person other than Nitish in terms of probity in public life who could receive the award.

Nitish as the Railways Minister had laid foundation stone of the Anantnag and Baramulla rail link in the Kashmir valley.