Pre-poll alliance of BJP “less likely” for J&K assembly polls: BJP

Pre-poll alliance of BJP “less likely” for J&K assembly polls: Ram Madhav

Jammu: Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary Ram Madhav Ram on Sunday asserted that possibility of pre-poll alliance of his party with others were “very less” for contesting Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls.

Moreover, the BJP’s national general secretary said that his party will contest from all the assembly seats of the state.

“Chances of pre poll alliance are ‘very less’ but we will field our candidates on all seats in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mr Madhav here told reporters at a press conference.

However, he said that the party has no hiccups in taking other parties along with, who wants to join hands with the BJP.

Mr Madhav said that BJP will contest on all seats by taking other parties also into confidence to give stable government to the people.

“We are fully prepared for assembly polls in the state and committed as well in giving popular government to the state,” Mr Madhav claimed.

On a question whether Peoples Conference head Sajjad Lone is still an ally of the BJP, Mr Madhav reply, “last time in 2014 when we contested elections, pre-poll alliance was not announced but we formed a coalition government later with the PDP depending upon the circumstances.”

However, on removal of former minister and senior leader Altaf Bukhari from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the BJP leader said, “I do not want to comment anything on internal matters of another political party (PDP) but it is surprising that the man, who was projected as the chief minister candidate when the political parties in the state came together on a single platform to form a coalition government, now ‘unwelcomed’ by the party.”

On rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits community in the Kashmir valley, he said, “we have a roadmap for the rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits. Construction of townships in the Valley to the displaced community could not be carried forward due to some reasons.”

“BJP is committed for their rehabilitation but only after the security situation improves,” Mr Madhav said and also assured to address concerns of the Western Pakistani Refugees.

On the recent developments of getting together of several non-BJP parties to take on the saffron party in upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Mr Madhav said that the grand alliance lacks common agenda and programme.

“Grand alliance is a bunch of corrupt leaders who are afraid of the visionary and corruption free leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he alleged.

The leader further said, “they (non-BJP parties) have no ‘jhanda’ (flag) and agenda to seek votes from the people but instead, they are trying to save the corrupt leaders by forming the grand alliance.”

BJP on 19 June last year, pulled out of the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti headed PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir at present is under President’s (Governor’s) Rule.


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