BJP will form govt with ‘some friends’ in J&K: Madhav

BJP will form govt with ‘some friends’ in J&K: Madhav
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Jammu: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday said that though his party would most likely go alone in the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, it would form a “stable government with some friends” after the polls.
He said his party would contest all seats in the state. “There is the least possibility of a pre-poll alliance with any party for the assembly elections in the state. The BJP will emerge (as) the largest party after the elections and will give a stable government to the people with some friends,” Madhav told reporters here.
Due to the special circumstances in the state, “we have no hesitation in joining hands with others”, he said.
Talking about the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) erstwhile alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he said, “After elections we formed an alliance, but today again the BJP is going it alone in the elections.”
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart the party’s campaign during his visit to J&K on February 3.
“While parliamentary elections are scheduled for April-May, the BJP is ready for assembly polls in the state as well. It is up to the Election Commission to decide whether the two polls are held together or separately,” Madhav said.
Madhav dismissed allegations that the BJP did not favour assembly polls in the state. “There is no truth in the rumours being spread that the BJP is not in favour of early assembly polls in the state,” he said.
He claimed some other parties wanted the polls to be deferred as they feared losing.
Asked about the PDP’s expelling of former minister Altaf Bukhari, Madhav said, “I don’t want to talk about internal matters of another political party, but I must underscore one point here: that he is the same leader who was projected as the chief minister of the combined opposition when they (PDP, Congress and National Conference) were trying to form the government in the state just a couple of months ago.”
Speaking about rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, Madhav said the BJP had prepared a roadmap for the community’s return and rehabilitation, but it will be implemented only when the situation in the Valley turns conducive.
“We had identified land at five places in the Valley for Pandit townships, but due to various reasons it could not materialise, the biggest being the prevailing security situation in the Valley,” he said.
The BJP leader said the party was bound by its promise to Kashmiri Pandits and when the situation improves, it will take the community’s leadership into confidence and move forward.
Asked about the problems being faced by West Pakistan refugees in getting the benefits of a rehabilitation package announced by the Centre, Madhav said every attempt will be made to address any difficulty faced by the community.
“We will ensure that the refugees get relief and will look into the procedure to make it easy for them as we did in the case of displaced people from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” he said. —PTI