No Threat To PDP-BJP Govt: Rajnath

10 November 2015

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said there is no threat to PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir and the alliance will continue. 'The coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir will continue,' Rajnath told reporters at a 'Diwali Milan' here. He was answering a question whether differences have crept in the ruling PDP- BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir. 'Alliance will continue. There is no threat to it,' the Home Minister said. On protests during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu and Kashmir, he said such incidents had taken place in the past too. 'But you should remember that only a handful people were there in protests,' he said. Singh said law-and-order situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved to a great extent. 'Ever since the NDA government came to power in the Centre in May 2014, 165 militants belonging to Lashker-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and others, have been killed,' he said. Giving statistics about the infiltration attempts from across the border, Home Minister said in 2013, there were 277 infiltration attempts of which 97 were successful and forces killed 67 militants during the year. 'In 2014, there were 220 attempts of infiltration in which 67 were successful and forces killed 110 militants during that period.' Singh said in 2015 till September 30, there were just 86 attempts of infiltration in which 89 militants were killed. On ties with Pakistan, he said India wants cordial relations with Pakistan and Nepal and will do everything to further improve ties with its neighbours. 'Pakistan is our neighbouring country. We want very cordial relations with Pakistan. But Pakistan too has to reciprocate,' Rajnath said. Asked about Nepal, which has been witnessing protests by Madhesis over adoption of a new Constitution, Singh said New Delhi wants very good relations with Kathmandu too. 'We want very good relations with Nepal too. We will do everything for betterment of our relations with our neighbours,' he said.