BJP Made Alliance with PDP to Fight Separatists: Arun Jaitley
On Tuesday, days after the PDP and BJP formed the government afresh in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said his party had entered into the coalition despite the “totally different” ideologies of the two parties, to fight separatist forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jaitley said the BJP has an “emotional and ideological” relationship with Jammu and Kashmir, and would never compromise with any type of separatism.
Electoral Arithmetic Dictated Govt Formation with PDP: Arun Jaitley
Responding to questions, Jaitley said that the BJP has not just a political relationship, but an emotional and ideological one with Jammu and Kashmir. He said that while BJP was leading party in Jammu, PDP won most seats in Kashmir, so all it was all about arithmetic.
Today, it is a unique situation where the people of the state gave a verdict during elections in which the maximum seats in Jammu were won by us. In Kashmir, PDP got the most number of seats and if we do arithmetic of all four major parties, the arithmetic decided which government would be formed so it was dictated by the arithmetic.Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister
He said that moving forward would be a difficult task, and the political leadership in state and in Delhi had to accept the challenge.
Friends in PDP Know About Ideological Difference: Jaitley
Speaking at an event in Jammu, Jaitley urged all political forces in state to come together to fight terrorism.
Jaitley further added that everybody, including our friends in the PDP, know that our ideologies are totally different. However, in such a political scenario, to serve the country and the state, BJP got the opportunity to serve the state, the minister said.
The two parties ran a coalition government headed by PDP leader Mufti Sayeed for 10 months before his sudden death on 7 January. Thereafter, there was wrangling between the two parties, leading to uncertainty for some time.
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