Reiterating that there was no going back on the abrogation of article 370, the BharatiyaJanata Party Tuesday officially confirmed that it pulled out of the PDP-led ruling alliance in J&K in order to win parliament elections next year. Asserting that even winning elections is for public good, the party's national general secretary Anil Jain said even if the objective was to prepare better for the general elections "there is nothing wrong in it."
Blaming Mehbooba Mufti for dishonoring the agenda of alliance and discriminating against Jammu and Ladakh when it came to allocation of funds and infrastructure development, Jain said the chief minister continued to alienate people in Jammu and Ladakh despite repeated "warnings".
"We tried all options while trying to make Mehbooba Mufti honor the agenda of alliance but she did not listen to us and we had to leave the coalition," Jain told reporters here on the sidelines of a party function held to observe "black day" against the emergency that was imposed in 1975 by then prime minister Indira Gandhi.
About the widely held perception that the BJP pulled out of the coalition in order to win parliament elections next year, Jain tersely replied: "Even if it is so, there is nothing wrong in it, as the decision was taken in the larger interest of the people."
On how he saw the statement of BJP Chief Amit Shah's statement wherein he had said in Jammu that two flags could not exist in J&K, Jain reiterated that party wants to see article 370 gone and it will strongly pursue this agenda.
"Along with abrogation of Article 370, protection of cow, Ganga conservation, construction of Ram temple and enforcing Uniform Civil Code in the country in our agenda items," he said adding, "As long as BJP as a party exists in the country, it will not let anyone get success in diluting the accession of J&K to India."
"On several issues, particularly related to neglect of Jammu and Ladakh, Center and our J&K BJP leadership, time and again, lodged strong resentment with PDP and asked the later to respect the agenda of alliance and common minimum program, but unfortunately Mehbooba Mufti did not heed our reminders."
Jain, however, parried the questions about why BJP took over three years to understand that PDP was ignoring Jammu and why the J&K BJP is not equally responsible if the discrimination was a reality. "You (Media) too know that after the fractured mandate, how much time we took to agree to form a coalition government with PDP. The only thing that made us form the government was Agenda of Alliance. Both the coalition partners had to respect this document for the equitable development of all the three regions of the state, but PDP didn't respect this document."
Jain asserted that the friction was growing worse but the abduction and murder of a soldier and assassination of senior journalist ShujaatBukhari dealt the final blow to the coalition.
The BJP's national general secretary rebutted the impressions of his party resorting to horse-trading by opposing the dissolution of assembly. "If we had to do horse-trading, we wouldn't have withdrawn support to PDP."
Accusing Congress leaders GhulamNabi Azad and SaifudinSoz of "tilting towards the Pakistani ideology", Jain alleged they along with Jai Ram Ramesh were becoming Pakistani supporters.
Soz in the maiden book has claimed that Sardar Patel was ready to give up claim on Kashmir if Pakistan did same over Hyderabad.
"I want Rahul Gandhi to apologise for the statements of Soz and Azad. He should clear as to why the Congress leaders spoke against the country. I also want to know as to why Jai Ram Ramesh was allowed for the promotion of Soz's book. Rahul should come clear on this," Jain said.
On ArunJaitely comparing former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with Hitler, Jain said, "Whatever Indira did during her tenure; even worse comparisons can be made."