Srinagar: In the core group meeting of the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jammu on Saturday, the party resolved that it will not stand with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Article 35A as it does not figure in the Agenda of Alliance (AoA).
“BJP had decided not to speak on Article 35A. It does not concern us,” BJP Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Mohammad Yousuf Sofi told Kashmir Reader. “The AoA does not mention securing 35A. How can we support PDP then? The BJP has its own manifesto. We have decided not to speak on the issue. This matter is sub judice and is lying in the Supreme Court (SC). Let the court decide what it will do.”
Taking the discussion on Article 35A further, the council member said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the BJP’s central leadership had already communicated to the PDP that it was a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that had filed the petition against the Article, and the matter was under court consideration.
The core group meeting of the state BJP took place at the Jammu Guest House. It was attended by BJP state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, BJP state head Sat Sharma, state general secretary Ashok Kaul and others.
“The ideology of PDP and BJP is divergent. What binds us is the AoA ,” Sofi said. “We have decided at the meeting that our focus should be on the development and progress of the state. We want to give employment, improve situation in Kashmir and stick to the AoA.”
He said the meeting decided that the BJP-PDP government should not pay heed to the opposition, which he said is hell-bent on creating controversies by raking up “non-issues” like 35A.
“We have decided to run the government smoothly and complete (our) six-year term,” Sofi said. “The opposition wants to depose the PDP-BJP government; we will not allow it to happen.”
Sofi said the party meeting also took stock of activities as to how to strengthen the BJP on the ground, particularly in Jammu.
“We have sent 1,300 party workers to each constituency for strengthening the party,” he said. “In Jammu, where the BJP won, we took stock of what needs to be done to fully meet the expectations of the people. At places where we did not win, we have appointed one MLC for two constituencies each, so that he can prepare a report on how to solidify the ground in favour of the party to ensure it wins elections in the year 2020.”