Senior leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Member Parliament, Muzaffar Baig on Saturday said the party's alliance with BJP is "desirable to remove trust deficit between people of Kashmir and Jammu and facilitate their emotional accession."
"The alliance between PDP and BJP can help remove trust deficit between people of Kashmir and Jammu and facilitate their emotional accession. However the alliance between the two parties should be based on principles," Baig told Greater Kashmir after addressing Electoral College of the party that met here today to elect the PDP president.
"We do not have any Hindu representation from Jammu, neither does Congress have. BJP has representation in Jammu which is more arranged in real. Mainstream Jammu sentiment is with BJP. If the mandate of BJP and PDP becomes antagonist, it will hurt the prospects of resolving Kashmir issue. Instead of being antagonist, the PDP and BJP should become compliment to each other," Baig said.
He said PDP had many options to form the government as National Conference and Congress extended support to the party. "However, we have to take such decision which respects the mandate of Kashmir and Jammu.
If Government between PDP and BJP is formed, there can be a Common Minimum Programme which can address the economic, political and emotional issues of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
"I appreciate the offer of Omar Abdullah. Though some people suspect his motives, but without going into his motives, I respect the fact that in this very difficult hour, he (Omar) thinks that PDP leadership can provide the government. This will go down in history that NC, BJP and Congress unanimously agree that PDP leadership should take the initiative and this is the party which has comparatively better mandate to form the government in crisis time," he said.
However, he maintained that the decision of the PDP should be based on "best interests" of the people of the state. "Talks are going on. Even if we form government with BJP, there will be no overnight revolution. It will take some time to achieve concrete results whether it is in respect of political or economic issues. For this, BJP and PDP will have to come to a respectable understanding for which we will have to work hard," he said.
Baig asked the party leadership to take its defeated candidates along. "I told Mufti Sahib that we must never forget the people who have been defeated by few hundred or thousand votes in elections. I told my party men that nobody can compete Mufti Sahib and me in the number of elections we have lost. A person loses only if he loses hope in his heart," he said.
Baig also urged India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue. "India wants to be become a member of the UN Security Council. If India continues to have dispute with Pakistan, this won't mature. Similarly, Pakistan wants to get out of the crisis of terrorism which it cannot until it ends hostilities with India. Therefore, it is in the interest of both countries to resolve Kashmir issue," he added.