Hinting that they are inching closer to a pact with PDP over government formation and the formal announcement is expected anytime,
BJP Saturday said the party's tirade against dynastic rule in JK was a slogan during polls and there had to be "a compromise" on the issue for the interest of people. The party has also softened its stand on Article 370 and by agreeing to discuss the issue of revocation of AFSPA.
"We were and are still against the dynastic rule—Baap-Beta and Baap-Beti in JK. This was obviously our slogan in the election campaign as even Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about in his Srinagar rally," BJP's national executive member, MLA elect, Dr Nirmal Singh told Greater Kashmir. He said the party had to leave the anti-dynasty rule slogan for a moment and workout an alliance with PDP to serve the interests of people and to honor the peoples' mandate.
"There will be a government soon, perhaps anytime as our leadership is finalizing things," Dr Singh said. "For us the stable government was the priority. We have to respect and give priority to the mandate thrown up by the people."
He said there was no option left with the BJP other than to forge ties with PDP as mandate was totally fractured. "Had BJP got 44 seats, we would not have delayed the government formation for even a week," said Dr Singh, who is also the BJP's core group member.
A senior BJP leader in New Delhi, wishing not to be named, said they have agreed to shelve Article 370 for six years. "At the same time, we have conveyed our stand on AFSPA to PDP leadership that there must be a discussion on the issue. We believe there will be a Common Minimum Program (CMP) between BJP and PDP and the government would work on that only leaving aside the controversial issues," he said. He, however, said the talks were going on as far as the issue of rotational chief minister is concerned. "The question is we need to respect the mandate thrown up by the people of Jammu region," he said.
Interestingly, the BJP leaders blame former Chief Minister of JK and working president of National Conference, Omar Abdullah for playing spoilsport. "Why is he talking about compromises now? Why didn't he keep AFSPA revocation issue in the CMP when he was in coalition with Congress," asked BJP's State Secretary (Organization) Ashok Koul.
He said the BJP's stance against dynasty rule in JK was a slogan during elections. "Now things have changed and you have to serve the interests of people," he said. On whether BJP has finalized the deal with the PDP over government formation, Koul said the announcement would be made anytime.
"Things have almost been settled and final announcement will be made soon," he said. Pertinently, NC working president had triggered a debate on Saturday by tweeting that "who would compromise on the issue of dynasty rule and AFSPA—PDP or BJP?" Interestingly, BJP and PDP started hectic parleys soon after the results of Assembly polls were announced on December 23 throwing up a hung house. At present, the State is under Governor's rule following the lack of consensus among the parties to form the government. PDP emerged single largest party with 28 seats with BJP bagging 25. NC won 15 while Congress managed only on 12 seats. Rest of the seats out of total 87 seats went to independents.