NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11: The BJP will be a part of the next government formed in Jammu and Kashmir, senior party leader Ram Madhav said today, noting that the “jinx” of having never been in power in the state had been broken.
The remarks by Madhav, who is in-charge of the party’s affairs in the state, came months after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
After the BJP pulled out of Mehbooba Mufti’s coalition government on June 19, Governor’s rule was imposed in the state.
“I say with confidence that whenever the government is again formed in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP will be a part of it,” Madhav said, adding that the “jinx is broken”.
Madhav’s remarks come after his visit to the Valley fuelled speculation about government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.
At an event here, Madhav said when the BJP returns to power, it would work towards taking Jammu and Kashmir to a new direction.
Talking about the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government that collapsed in June, Madhav said there were difficulties, but despite that some things were achieved.
“We wanted to do a lot. But when we thought that things are not going according to us, we came out (of the government),” he said.
He said separatism since the last 70 years and militancy since the last 30 years had hampered progress in the state.
Madhav said the BJP’s four-pronged approach to tackle the security situation in the state would continue despite the party not being in power in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmir is going nowhere. Kashmir is an integral part of India,” he asserted.