After hectic deliberations over government formation between Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) proving futile, the Saffron party Monday softened its stand by stating that it was not necessary to have a Chief Minister from Jammu region.
Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS) over phone from New Delhi BJP’s senior leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abass Naqvi said, “Our concern is not that the Chief Minister must be from the Jammu region but the motive is that all the regions should get their due share for the stable government. BJP is committed for all the three regions of the Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said that the party’s top leadership was in touch with the Jammu and Kashmir leaders on the formation of government.
“See our leadership is in close contact with the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir for the government formation. BJP would not give up attempts to form the government in the state,” he said and added that in the present scenario, a new government in J&K is not possible without the BJP.
Naqvi said that though it was not clear mandate for any party after the poll results “but the fact is that the people in large numbers chose BJP and voted in large numbers for our party.”
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir are well aware about the sincerity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I am sure that the people want that the BJP should form the government in Jammu and Kashmir. Within a few days the new government will start its functioning in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The Union Minister added that the BJP wants the developments for all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The prime minister is keen to see the new stable government in Jammu and Kashmir the government who will give good governance and work for development of all the three regions. BJP is not going to take any step which will hurt the general public of Jammu and Kashmir. BJP is secular party and people friendly party,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources said that top leadership of the BJP is continuously in closed-door marathon consultations with their leaders on the formation of an earliest government in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Top party brass is busy in discussions and meetings of entering into an alliance for forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir,” sources said.