A day after the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party said it was not working to form a new government in Jammu and Kashmir, the saffron party’s general secretary made an about turn saying it was looking for numbers for the same and avoid dissolution of assembly.
“We are looking for numbers and then we can form new government in state,” BJP, general secretary (organizations), Ashok Kaul, told in an exclusive interview. BJP is not in favour of prolonged Governor rule in J&K.”
Kaul made the statement on Thursday, a day after he told reporters during a party convention in Awantipora that, “Neither have we aimed to divide PDP nor are we looking to form immediate government.”So far, Kaul however said, no legislator had approached the state BJP unit with support for government formation. “We too did not approach anybody and we are monitoring the developments,” he said. “People might be in touch with high command.”
The senior BJP leader said that saffron party withdrew the support to Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) because the common masses were suffering. “The people at higher level or close to politicians used to get benefit and common masses were suffering,” Kaul said. “Government has to be for people and when they suffer what is the fun to be in power.”The saffron party general secretary said the BJP was not in favour of dissolving the assembly.
“We want there should be a government and people should be benefited,” he said.About reported allegations of horse trading, Kaul said there was trouble within the PDP but they were blaming others for it. He said it was quite impossible for the BJP to form a government with PDP again.Kaul expressed anger at the administration for not allowing Moulana Hami of Caravan for taking out a rally in Srinagar.
“He (Hami) carried huge rally then in Sumbal and did not preach Azadi,” he said. “He wished a religious rally and they stopped him. It was not a good step.”
The senior BJP leader advocated for permitting for rallies of Jamaat-i-Islami in Srinagar and other parts of valley.
“They must be given permission and hopefully they won’t teach Azadi in rallies,” he said adding, there was a dire need to reach out to the youth of Kashmir valley.
“Once you reach the youth, there won’t be stone (pelting) or they won’t join militant ranks.”
Koul said there is need to have a dialogue with Pakistan for long-lasting peace in the valley, but quickly made it conditional to a conducive atmosphere.
“Conducive atmosphere can only be created once there are no ceasefire violations and people of valley are not instigated,” he said.
“Let Pakistan stop meddling, talks will automatically resume.”
BJP general secretary said that his party was reaching out to the people of Kashmir and their carder was expanding.
“We have over three lakh permanent members in Kashmir and more people joining us,” he said.
“We do not ask people to join us. We do social work and people join us naturally.”
He said that in November, Prime Minister Narendera Modi or Amit Shah will address a huge public rally here in Srinagar.
“In October we will be carrying out public rallies in every Kashmir district in run up to the Srinagar rally,” he said.
Kaul said the BJP has a unit in every district and the saffron party is working in an organised way.
“In all 46 constituencies our people are working round-the-clock,” he said.
“We even carry out activities in volatile southern Kashmir.”