Ready To Work With Nationalists In Kashmir: BJP

29 August 2014
Greater Kashmir
Muddasir Ali

Srinagar: Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Friday said it was ready to work with smaller political parties and groups in Kashmir to achieve the ambitious 'Mission-44' in the upcoming state Assembly elections. 'There is no dearth of nationalists in Kashmir and the party is in touch with them. Nobody is untouchable here. If some people can't join BJP, but want to fight Assembly elections independently, the party will take them along to achieve Mission-44,' BJP legislator Ashok Khajuria told a press conference here. He was responding to a question whether the party has opened communication channels with separatist-turned mainstream politician Sajjad Lone and other smaller parties in Kashmir. 'We are ready to work with anybody and everybody who has a nationalist ideology. The final decision will be taken by party's central high command,' said Khajuria, flanked by all party MLAs. Led by its President Amit Shah, the BJP is working to form its own government in J&K. The party is hoping to repeat its parliament polls performance in Jammu and Ladakh. It has focused its election strategy on Kashmir as well and is working to win the assembly constituencies which have a good voter population of Kashmiri Pandit migrants. 'The central leadership has taken a decision to have a BJP government in the state and to achieve this mission we will take everybody along,' said Khajuria. 'Our principle is justice to all and appeasement to none.' The senior BJP member came down heavily on National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Congress. 'You have seen their rule for the past 65 years. Give us a chance. Ours will be a pro-people government and we will not pit people against people and community against community,' Khajuria said. To a question whether BJP was communalizing the situation in Jammu ahead of the Assembly elections which has in turn created scare among a particular community, Khajuria said: 'I assure you we will not play Hindu politics in Jammu and we will not allow anybody to play Muslim politics in Kashmir.' On ongoing Assembly Session Khajuria hit out at National Conference and PDP for turning the Legislative Assembly into a 'battle ground to settle scores' instead of taking up peoples' issues. 'Unfortunately this House has got divided between two families - Abdullahs and Muftis. Whenever any issue concerning people is raised in the House, the two (parties) turn it into a personal fight,' Khajuria said. On resolution calling for Indo-Pak talks: Khajuria said the resolution was 'dangerous' and 'anti-national' in its spirit. 'These conditional parties like National Conference and PDP, and Congress want us to talk to Pakistan which is a failed state. What for and why should we talk to them,' Khajuria said.