BJP For Governors’ Rule, Ram Madhav Insists

SRINAGAR: BJP leader who authored Agenda of Alliance and is taking care of the Jammu and Kashmir has insisted that the party is for the continuation of the governor’s rule in the state and not attempting an alternative government.

“Not true. I will certainly check with d state unit n ensure that BJP keeps itself scrupulously out of whatever is happening in other parties in d Valley,” Madhav had responded to a tweet by NC Vice President Omar Abdullah. “We are for continuing with Governor’s rule in the interest of peace, governance n development in d state.”

Omar in his tweet had asked the BJP that the party was attempting to break its ally, the PDP. “Contrary to @rammadhavbjp assertions the state unit of the BJP confesses to being party to the efforts to break the @jkpdp,” Omar had written. “Power at any cost would seem to be the guiding philosophy.”

Omar’s source was a news report that quoted a former BJP minister in Jammu saying that major chunk of the PDP lawmakers were in touch with them and the party high command is interested in forming a government. He has also predicted the possibility of a split in some other parties – a reference to NC and Congress.

The report has quoted the BJP leader saying that the stringent anti-defection law was not a major problem as all the seven BJP defectors who had crossed voted managed completion of their term.

Sources told Kashmir Life that while BJP is willing to play its cards well, it will take a bit of more time. Madhav’s Kashmir visit after the fall of the government was exploratory, they said. “At the moment Delhi is letting things play out without any intervention,” a source from Delhi said. That is perhaps why the state unit of the BJP is working overtime to push the party towards creating a new combination.

BJP is expected to wait till yatra is over and it will be only later this year that the formation of a possible government will be seriously tackled. Right now, the reports and leaks about the possible formation of the government is sort of an engagement with people and is part of the vote bank politics.

Meanwhile, reports said that former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also flown to Delhi early this week. Party sources said she had gone to vacate the official residence and will be coming back soon. She has not had any high profile meeting barring a long interview for a TV channel, reports added.

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