Good government in JK shortly: BJP

Greater Kashmir

New Delhi, Jan 23: The BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) Friday said Jammu and Kashmir will soon have a government and “very concrete and very positive efforts” are being made towards that.
BJP’s General Secretary Ram Madhav also hinted that talks with PDP on forming a coalition government in J&K “are in progress.”
Stressing that people there had voted for a government and not instability, Madhav said, “We are shortly going to have a good government in Jammu and Kashmir.”
He was speaking here at an event organised by ‘India Today’ group.
Asked if PDP, which has emerged as the single largest party in J&K Assembly with 28 seats, was on board, he said without naming the party that “there are very concrete and very positive efforts which are being made towards forming a good government in state.”
He also answered in the affirmative when asked whether progress has been made in talks with allies. “Yes, definitely,” he said.
Madhav, who was the party’s in-charge for polls in the state and has been fronting talks with prospective allies, said the mandate was for BJP to be in government even as he parried a query as to whether it will be the senior or junior partner in any possible alliance, saying that conditions cannot be laid while holding talks.
There have been reports that PDP and BJP, which emerged as the second largest party with 25 seats in the 87-member J&K Assembly, have made progress in their talks.
The state’s electorate had returned a hung verdict in the December polls with no party managing to reach the majority mark of 44 seats needed to form the government there. PTI
Talking to everyone, but no timeframe set: Jitendra
The BJP said leaders authorised by the party were holding discussions with other parties over formation of the next government in Jammu and Kashmir and it has not set any time frame for that.
“Few leaders have been authorised to speak over the issue (of the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir) as only the leaders authorised (by the party) are holding discussion over the issue,” MoS in the PMO Jitendra Singh told reporters in Jammu.
Asked about the reports of BJP holding “back channel” talks with PDP leadership, Singh said, “BJP does not believe in back-channels, we are holding talks with the people who are ready to talk with us.”
He further added as deliberations were going on over the issue of government formations, the party does not want to set a timeframe.
“Our party believes in the principle of democratic process, the deliberations are on and we cannot bind it in a timeframe. I can tell you that the process is on and only authorised people should talk about it,” he said.
Asked with which party the BJP was holding talks for the formation of a government in the state, he said, “Talks are being held with everyone.”
Singh, on a question of granting citizenship rights to the refugees from West Pakistan, said “the government will take an appropriate call on the issue. You people are aware about my stand and that of my party on the issue, and I must tell you that our stand remains unchanged.”
Asked about BJP declaring KiranBedi as party’s chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Assembly elections, Singh said “as the party’s national president has already said that we are into Delhi elections with confidence of wining it. The decision (on KiranBedi) has been taken considering all the merits and we all go with the decision.”
On a question about the intelligence inputs that Pakistan backed militants might try to attack “soft targets” in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the government was well prepared to deal with anything.
Asked whether India would take up the issue of cross border terrorism with the US President Barack Obama, who is visiting India, Singh said” “The PM or the MEA will take a call on the issue. India’s stand on terrorism is known to all, our position is very well known and it is consistent and does not change.”
On the reported differences within the party’s state unit over the nomination of candidates for the upcoming RajyaSabha elections, he refuted saying there was no difference and there was a set pattern in the party to select a deserving candidate.
“Our party believes in democracy within the party and if anybody feels that he deserves to be in a House, he has the right to ask for it,” he said.