ANANTNAG: Senior Congress leader and former J&K Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Monday that an alliance between any regional party and the BJP for government formation in the state will cause more devastation than the September floods.
“I won’t name any party but many regional parties are trying to give lift to the BJP one way or the other. Their intention is evident from their changing languages with every passing day. But I would like say that any regional party which will help the BJP in the formation of the government here will die a political death,” Azad told reporters on the sidelines of an election rally in Divsar area of Kulgam.
Counting on Kashmiri Pandit votes in the Valley, division of Muslim votes in Muslim-majority constituencies in Jammu, Hindu votes in Hindu majority areas and any willing partner in Kashmir, the BJP has set eyes on winning 44 plus seats needed to form a government in the state.
According to Azad, however, the saffron party has no “existence in the valley and in Jammu region too its presence is limited up to Kathua”.
“People of Kashmir are politically mature and sensitive. They know well how to make good use of their vote,” he said.
Asked about the alliance with PDP keeping in consideration the past experience, Azad said his party aimed at forming a government on its own and the decision on an alliance will be taken only when its need arises.
He said that the people will not forget the development and “zero tolerance towards human rights violations” during his three-year rule.
“They won’t forget how I sent a top-level police officer (DSP Parihar) involved in fake encounter killings behind the bars,” Azad said.