Many PDP legislators see no harm in embracing BJP


ANANTNAG: Many legislators of PDP, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls, on Wednesday cautiously favoured a tie-up with the BJP.

PDP MLA from Kokernag, Abdul Rahim Rather, who defeated Congress stalwart Peerzada Mohammad Syed, said the party will be answerable to the people if Governor’s rule is imposed in the state.

“We have promised development, employment and corruption-free governance to the people during the poll campaigning. They have lot of expectations from us. Since the poll results threw up a fractured mandate people can understand our compulsions,” Rather told Kashmir Reader.

Another PDP MLA, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, who was re-reelected from Pampore, said there will be “no harm” in allying with BJP if the party “accepts all conditions put forth by our leadership.”

“If BJP agrees to all the conditions we have placed before it, there will be no harm in going ahead for government formation with the party. People here want peace and development. And if they witness both, they wouldn’t bother about who is our coalition partner,” Mir told Kashmir Reader. Another party legislator, Abdul Majid Paddar, who was elected from Noorabad, said that he wants a stable government in the state which will ensure development of his constituency.

“I have made big promises to my people. These promises can be fulfilled when the state has a stable government,” Paddar said.

However, Ajaz Ahmad Mir, who was elected from Wachi, said he was not in favor of the tie-up with the BJP.

“Whatever the decision party leadership takes I will respect that but personally I don’t want any tie-up with the BJP as it will hurt the aspirations of the people who voted for us,” Mir said. “Majority of Kashmiris will feel disrespected if the PDP enters into a coalition with the BJP,” he said.