BJP Talking With Like-Minded Parties In Jammu And Kashmir For Mission 44+

7 August 2014
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: BJP is holding talks with like-minded groups and individuals in Jammu and Kashmir for its 'Mission-44 +' for the State Assembly elections, scheduled to be held later this year. 'The BJP leadership is holding talks with like-minded groups and individuals in both provinces - Kashmir and Jammu. The talks are going on and positive results are expected,' said BJP spokesman for Kashmir, Khalid Jehangir. Without disclosing names of the parties and individuals with whom party is holding talks for alliance, he said, 'Their names will be disclosed at an appropriate time'. Jehangir said people in the State have realised that National Conference, Congress and PDP were hoodwinking them through hollow slogans are showing interest towards BJP's policies. The elections for 87-member Jammu and Kashmir Assembly will be held later this year, preferably in November-December. After winning three out of six parliamentary seats in Jammu and Kashmir - two from Jammu and one from Ladakh, BJP has been eyeing State Assembling polls and targeting 44+ seats for forming the government of its own. 'BJP is gaining acceptability among people in Valley and other political camps also. People including youth are joining the party. Dr Hina Bhat, daughter of former NC MP and Congress MLA Mohammad Shafi Bhat, former PDP's Youth Wing General Secretary Showkat Javed Daing, and many other prominent personalities have joined the party recently,' said BJP's youth wing president Ravindra Raina. He said another senior politician and former NC MP Ch Talib Hussain will be joining the party tomorrow. Raina said there will be more surprises when names of people with whom alliance or arrangement will be held will be made public. BJP leaders have held talks with separatist-turned-mainstream politician Sajjad Gani Lone in Srinagar. 'Talks have also been held with Jammu-based party J&K National Panthers Party and Awami Ittihad Party of MLA Langate, Sheikh Abdur Rashid,' sources said. Raina said their target of 'Mission 44+' is very much achievable. 'The alliance with like-minded parties and individuals will add 15 to 18 seats in our kitty, which will be more than sufficient for the party to form the government on its own,'. He said people want to give BJP a chance as they have been fed up with mis-governance of National Conference and Congress coalition government and before that PDP and Congress combine. Asked whether party is holding any talks with opposition PDP, which won all three Lok Sabha seats in the Valley, Raina said, 'No direct or indirect talks are being held with PDP. There can never be alliance with the PDP as the two parties have got different ideologies'.