The political buzz, about BJP making efforts to form next government in Jammu and Kashmir with the support of rebel PDP MLAs besides eying split in other parties, has picked up with National Conference (NC) accusing the saffron party of indulging in horse trading and "trying to break" the PDP. Reacting to a story carried by Greater Kashmir in its July 7th edition titled "Big chunk of PDP MLAs in touch with BJP high command" the former Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said that the BJP wants power at any cost.
"Contrary to @Ram Madhavbjp assertions, the state unit of the BJP confesses to being party to the efforts to break the @Jkpdp. Power at any cost would seem to be the guiding philosophy," Omar wrote on Twitter.
The BJP national general secretary, Ram Madhav, who was the chief architect of the BJP-PDP alliance in the state, immediately reacted to Omar's comments saying the Governor's rule would continue in the state.
"Not true. I will certainly check with the state unit and ensure that BJP keeps itself scrupulously out of whatever is happening in other parties in the valley. We are for continuing with Governor's rule in the interest of peace, governance and development in the state," Madhav tweeted within minutes of Omar's tweet.
Madhav, in his tweet, however, did not outrightly rejected that BJP will not form next government in the state. He also refrained from saying that for how long the Governor's rule will continue in the state.
The BJP state president Ravinder Raina also said that peace and rule of law is the priority of the BJP.
"Peace and rule of law is our priority in eth state," Raina tweeted. Pertinently, Greater Kashmir, while quoting a senior BJP leader and former cabinet minister in Mehbooba's cabinet, had mentioned in the story that not five or six, but a big chunk of PDP MLAs are in constant touch with the BJP high command as the saffron party wants to put in place a government in Jammu and Kashmir before the 2019 Parliamentary elections which, as per the top party sources, would be led by BJP.
"A big chunk of PDP MLAs is ready to ally with the BJP for forming next government in the state. The things are moving forward but as of now, they are a bit slow," the BJP leader had said.
The BJP leader had also said that not only PDP, but some members from other parties "are also in touch with the party high command".
"There is every possibility of split in some other parties also," he had told Greater Kashmir.
Raina had also not rejected that BJP is not making efforts to form next government. "If one government has fallen, other can also be formed," Raina had told Greater Kashmir.