Why BJP dumped PDP

These reports have suggested that the BJP’s base was shrinking in Jammu particularly after the Rasana (Kathua) incident and the developments that followed.

ARVIND SHARMA
Jammu, Publish Date: Jun 20 2018 12:39AM | Updated Date: Jun 20 2018 12:43AM
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As the BJP's longtime Kashmir hand Ram Madhav briefed the state's party leadership in New Delhi on Tuesday, the concern to repeat the party's victory in the parliamentary poll, due next summer but rumored to be held by the yearend, weighed heavier than the need to save an already wobbly coalition government in J&K. 

Top BJP sources revealed that the urgency to withdraw support to PDP stemmed from the strong views about party's worries about LokSabha elections and also the shrinking political goodwill in Jammu post Kathua rape-and-murder incident past spring.

One of the BJP's senior leaders, who attended Tuesday’s meeting at Delhi that was chaired by party’s national president Amit Shah and attended by Ram Madhav and some other senior leaders, said that the high command was “primarily concerned with the parliamentary elections”.

“Our goal is to win 2019 LokSabha elections and form BJP government at the center and, therefore, we will not do anything for which we would have to pay price in 2019 elections,” a senior leader in the high command is learnt to have said in the meeting.

Quoting Ram Madhav as having told the leaders, former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta said, “Friends, we are pulling out of the coalition with the PDP as further continuation of alliance would harm our chances badly in the 2019 LokSabha elections.”  

The perception about the alliance with PDP inflicting electoral losses in 2019 LokSabha polls has evolved after assessing "ground reports" from different wings of the party and the RSS like VHP, ABVP, media cell etc, the sources revealed. 

These reports have suggested that the BJP’s base was shrinking in Jammu particularly after the Rasana (Kathua) incident and the developments that followed.

Top sources said that the meeting of former minister Lal Singh and BJP state president Ravinder Raina with national president Amit Shah at Delhi past month had triggered a rethinking about the continuation of the alliance with PDP. 

Both Singh and Raina had divulged before the national president the resentment that according to them was evolving among the people of Jammu region against the party.

Meanwhile, the decision came as a surprise for the state unit of the BJP and they were caught completely off guard as till last moment before the meeting, the leaders had been saying that they were called to Delhi for discussing strategy for 2019 Parliamentary elections.  

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