Madhav Meets Mufti, BJP Leaders To Fix Fissures In Coalition Govt

23 June 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
M Aamir Khan

Srinagar: Even as BJP general secretary Ram Madhav played down differences with the PDP, he held a series of interactions here today, first with local party leaders and then with Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, to ensure smooth functioning of the coalition government. Madhav arrived here in the wake of senior PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra recently stating that the PDP should rethink its relation with the BJP and reports of resentment among some saffron party leaders over the functioning of the coalition government. The BJP's Kashmir spokesman, Khalid Jehangir, said Madhav met Mufti to discuss good governance and better coordination between the coalition partners. 'He (Madhav) met the CM and they discussed how the coalition should work smoothly and ensure good governance. It was a one-on-one meeting,' Jehangir said. Meanwhile, Madhav admitted that there was 'pressure' on the government even as he exuded confidence that the coalition would complete its six-year term. 'Wherever a government is formed, be it in J&K or elsewhere, there is some sort of pressure but we will complete six years,' he told reporters. When told that pressure was mounting on the PDP to part ways with the BJP due to lack of Central funding for the flood victims and other development works, Madhav promised 'heavy funding' for the state. 'More funds will come a Central team will be coming here soon to do assessment (on damages caused by floods) and J&K will get heavy funding from the 14th Finance Commission shortly,' he said. Madhav said the BJP would ensure implementation of the Agenda of Alliance with the PDP and would work towards resolving contentious issues like AFSPA and the return of NHPC-run projects while taking into consideration the benefits for the state. Later, the BJP general secretary held interactions with party workers to learn about their grievances. Insiders said Madhav told leaders and workers not to behave like members of the opposition but consider themselves a part of the ruling party. He also told workers to interact freely with the PDP ministers to get the day-to-day problems resolved.