We Don't Want To Sit In Opposition: BJP

27 December 2014
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Asserting that it was keen to form government in JK, the BJP Saturday said the party doesn't want to sit in opposition and hectic parleys are on with various stakeholders. The party said that all its 25 legislators have submitted a detailed proposal on formation of government including the issue of rotational Chief Minister to BJP president Amit Shah for taking a final call. Talking to Greater Kashmir, BJP's JK affairs in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna said they were not satisfied with the delay in government formation. 'We don't want to sit in the opposition for obvious reasons-our vote share and the number of legislators,' he said. 'We are seriously talking to many leaders of various parties in Kashmir so that a stable government is formed. Our stand is clear that we will be having a Common Minimum Program that will revolve around development of the State.' On whether the CMP has a mention of AFSPA revocation, Khanna said the issue is purely a prerogative of the army. 'Army has to take a final call on it, not the BJP. People's feedback is also must on this issue. Why should we keep this issue in our CMP,' he said. Khanna, who was overseeing election affairs in JK, said perhaps they couldn't convince the people of Kashmir during the election campaign. Interestingly, BJP drew blank from Kashmir and Ladakh regions. It won all its 25 seats from Jammu region. 'May be our assessment about Kashmir and Ladakh was wrong. We will find out what went wrong,' Khanna said. About what were the main conditions of BJP for forging an alliance with regional parties, the BJP leader said that there are certain conditions that they have put forth before regional parties. 'As far as the question of rotational chief minister is concerned, these issues are discussed on table,' he said. Another BJP leader, Ramesh Arora, said all the 25 legislators of the party have forwarded a detailed proposal to BJP chief on government formation. 'We can't ignore and annoy what our legislators want and what our voters in Jammu want. Yes there is a demand for having a Chief Minister from BJP and this all has been sent to Amit Shah in the form of a proposal,' Arora said. 'Now the ball is in Shah's court. We are waiting for the final decision within a couple of days.' On whether BJP was ready to sit in the opposition, he said if they would fail in exploring the options of government formation, they would feel proud to sit in the opposition. 'This too will be decided by the party chief,' he said. 'I personally believe that such a situation won't arise as talks are on and would bear some fruit within a few days.' He said BJP's CMP was to ensure development of all the three regions of the State. Pertinently, BJP's National General Secretary Ram Madhav recently held talks with senior PDP leader Muzaffar Baig and many leaders of various political parties and later stated that preliminary parleys were positive though no final consensus has been reached yet. KNS ADDS: With senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad floating the idea of a 'grand alliance' between Peoples Democratic Party, National Conference and his party to form the next government in the State, BJP Saturday came down heavily against the idea and said that Azad's dream to be part of government will not come true. The party also said that it will form the next government within few days and will not allow grand alliance between PDP, NC and Congress. 'Azad's dream to be part of government will not come true. Without BJP, it is not possible to form government in Jammu and Kashmir. We have received the letter from the state governor about the formation of government. There will be our government within few days. We are finalizing the modalities and the new government will start functioning very shortly,' BJP's Member Parliament and JK affairs in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna told KNS over phone from New Delhi. Another BJP leader who took part in the PM's rally at Srinagar told KNS from New Delhi that the party will definitely form government in JK. 'We are in touch with many people and are exploring the possibilities of forging a tie up so that a stable government is put in place,' he said. A senior BJP leader, wishing not to be named, said the party is exploring all options to ensure a government is put in place in JK. 'See some deliberations were held between NC and BJP but due to the rift between two parties the consensus could not be arrived. Now party is exploring things with PDP,' he claimed. He said that the ball is now in the PDP's court and will wait for a final call from them. 'There is already some headway and some big developments have taken place in this regard,' he said. Meanwhile, sources said that BJP leadership in New Delhi has decided not to touch the issue of Article 370 at this crucial juncture. 'We have been directed to ignore this issue for the time being,' a senior state BJP leader said. Sources said that BJP President Amit Shah, after hectic deliberations over government formation in JK with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior party leaders in New Delhi, has authorized Ram Madhav to comment over the issue and has directed other BJP leaders not to comment without the permission of the party headquarters.