‘Article 370 Can Wait, Our Priority is Forming Govt’

Senior BJP and J&K leader said BJP’s central leadership has authorized any alliance with any of the two parties for the formation of a stable and credible government.

Published: 28th December 2014 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th December 2014 10:17 AM   |  A+A-


Dr Nirmal Singh, senior leader of J&K BJP and party’s front runner for CM’s post, speaks to Fayaz Wani in a telephonic interview. Excerpts:

J&K Governor N N Vohra has invited BJP leaders for discussion. When would you be meeting the Governor?

He has invited us for discussion any time before January 1, but not for government formation. The party’s state unit and Central leadership will decide when to meet him. Maybe there will be a meeting in Jammu of party leaders, newly elected members and central leadership before our leaders meet Governor.

 Are discussions going on with other parties in the state for government formation?

The discussion is at various levels with two regional parties over forming a stable government in the state.

 Only with the PDP or with NC too?

I understand that it is going on with both the parties. BJP’s central leadership has authorized any alliance with any of the two parties for the formation of a stable and credible government.

 If party goes for alliance with NC, won’t it be breach of peoples’ trust because BJP had campaigned against the party in the elections?

We had sought votes for good governance, development and other issues raised in the party manifesto. We want to provide jobs to the unemployed youth and focus on development and if any of the two parties support us in realizing this mission, we will go with it.

With differences in ideology, can there be a uniting factor between BJP and other parties.

 It is a fact that we have ideological differences. We are not going to leave our agenda but our priority is reaching consensus on the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) . The aspirations of the people and the mandate of the masses has to be respected.

 What will be done about Article 370?

It is been our main issue. since 1950 and we won’t be leaving it. Our priority is strengthening the democracy and forming government. Article 370 can wait although we have not put it on the backburner.

 Is the BJP pressing for a rotational CM?

We have got a massive mandate in the state and are number two behind PDP. We have the numbers and we want that the CM should be from our party.

 How long will this impasse on government formation continue?

State leaders are not directly involved in talks with other parties, which are being held by the Central leaders. However, they keep us apprised about the developments and take our views.

We are hopeful that this deadlock will end soon and stable and credible government is installed in the state with focus on development.


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