RSS Has Nothing To Do With CMP: BJP

16 February 2015
Rising Kashmir
Sumaiya Yousuf

Srinagar: Amid reports that BJP's parental organisation is unhappy with it over alliance talks with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the rightwing party on Monday said RSS has nothing do with Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that is being finalized by the two parties in the State. 'The information that RSS is opposing BJP's government talks with PDP is totally misleading as RSS has nothing to do with the government formation in the State,' BJP's General Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul told Rising Kashmir. He said he is himself an RSS person and knows the news report is not correct. 'On behalf of BJP, I reject these reports because it has never happened and RSS has nothing to do with these things,' Koul said. As per the media reports, RSS has slammed BJP and asked the rightwing party 'not to compromise' on AFSPA and Article 370 with PDP. In its manifesto for the state Assembly elections, PDP had promised removal of AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir and strengthening of Article 370, granting special status to J&K within Indian constitution. On the other hand, BJP, which emerged as second largest party in J&K Assembly with 25 seats, wants scrapping of Article 370 and is not in favour of lifting AFSPA from the State. Manmohan Vaidya, RSS's All India media relation in-charge told Rising Kashmir over phone from Delhi that RSS has not given any message to BJP on alliance talks with PDP in J&K. 'RSS has not sent any message to BJP, which is yet to reach any conclusion on government formation talks with PDP in the State. So how can we say anything regarding government formation? We are also waiting for the final result between the two parties,' he said. Vaidya said let BJP finalise CMP with PDP. 'We can say anything only after BJP finalizes CMP'. 'Nobody should spread rumours,' he added. PDP and BJP are engaged in informal talks on government formation in the State since December 23, when election results to Assembly were declared. PDP with 28 seats has emerged as single largest party in 87-member J&K Assembly and BJP close second with 25 seats. National Conference and Congress got 15 and 12 seats while smaller parties and independents won seven seats.