Lone-Modi meet boosts BJP

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: Buoyed by the meeting of former separatist leader Sajad Lone with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP on Tuesday asked the pro-freedom camp to shun “separatism” for the development of Jammu and Kashmir.
“For the development of Kashmir, shun the path of separatism…The doors of Prime Minister are open…why to go to Pakistan Prime Minister or its High Commission when Modi’s doors are open,” BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters here.
“We require all well-intentioned people for whom development of Kashmir is of prime importance to come forward and join hands with PM Modi. That’s why I came here earlier. I tried to talk to people who will be interested to strengthen the hands of Modi,” he said.
Asked Monday’s Lone-Modi meeting, Madhav said, “There was no political discussion between the two. They have discussed the rehabilitation of the flood victims and development of the state as Lone himself said.”
Madhav, a former RSS spokesperson, said the BJP wouldn’t enter into pre-poll alliance with any political party in the upcoming Assembly polls. “We will contest polls on our own…we are contesting on more than 60 seats in state and will win maximum number of seats in Jammu, Ladakh, and the Valley. All the talks about alliances will be after polls,” he said.
“We want to end the family rule of PDP and National Conference in the state. People are eager to support BJP in the Valley and we are contesting on many seats here,” he said.
Basking in the glory of spectacular success in this year’s Lok Sabha polls, the BJP wants to inroads in the Muslim majority region to achieve its ‘Mission 44+’ and form government here.
“We want to put a good fight and secure good number of seats in the elections. Anyone can become Chief Minister irrespective of religion,” Madhav said.