BJP has no issues with NC-PDP coalition: Kaul

BJP would have no problem with an NC-PDP coalition but would rather play the role of healthy opposition, general secretary (organization) BJP Ashok Kaul said.
BJP has no issues with NC-PDP coalition: Kaul
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BJP would have no problem with an NC-PDP coalition but would rather play the role of healthy opposition, general secretary (organization) BJP Ashok Kaul said.

On Friday, senior PDP leader and former finance minister Syed Altaf Bukhari said PDP and NC should come together to form the government in the "larger interest" of Jammu and Kashmir.

"This is the right thing to do in the present situation when our identity is under attack," Bukhari said, referring to petitions filed in the Supreme Court and sponsored by rightwing groups seeking abrogation of Article 35A that empowers state legislature to define permanent residents of the state and grant them special privileges.

Bukhari said both NC and PDP should meet the Governor and stake claim to the government.

"He (Governor) can't ignore us because we have the numbers. We can also work out the agenda for protection of Article 35A," he said, prompting senior National Conference leader Mian Altaf to say his party was open to Bukhari's suggestion for a united struggle to safeguard Article 35A.

Kaul, however, said BJP has no role in Article 35A.

"We have not gone to court. Those who went to court are not people from BJP. The matter is sub-judice. Everyone has to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court," Kaul added.

Kashmir-based mainstream parties, and separatist leaders, fret demographic changes if the legislation, which prohibits people from other states from owning property in J&K, is struck down from the Constitution.

The BJP-led government at the Centre has not filed a counter-affidavit to the petitions, unlike the previous governments which had argued against such petitions in the past.

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