So far no leader of any party approached BJP for government formation: Avinash Khanna
Srinagar: Amid reports that Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is trying to form government with disgruntled leaders of other parties, the party National Vice President Avinesh Rai Khanna on Tuesday said that no leader of any political party has approached the BJP so far.
“No leader of any political party has approached us so far for the support in government formation,” Khanna told said. However the BJP vice president said that if anybody from any political party approaches BJP, then the party will take a decision.
Khanna further added that BJP was satisfied with the Governor rule in Jammu and Kashmir. “When somebody will approach us we will think over it,” he added.
Three PDP MLAs including prominent Shia leader and former Minister Imran Raza Ansari, openly revolted against the party leadership charging former Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti with running “family rule” in the party and failing to deliver despite whole-hearted support from the BJP Government at the Centre.
Besides Imran Ansari, who is PDP’s MLA from Pattan, Baramulla, his uncle Abid Ansari, MLA Zadibal in Srinagar district and Mohammad Abbas, MLA Tangmarg in Baramulla district, also revolted against the party leadership saying they had earlier also warned the party leadership to refrain from promoting a coterie and family rule but they paid no heed to us.
According to reports, Ansari is likely to wrest at least one-third of the party MLA’s with him. He is confident and doesn’t mince words. “Trust me there is a tsunami coming on the political landscape of Kashmir,” he said on Monday.
There are also speculations that PDP is trying to go close to Congress, which has 12 members in the 87 member Legislative Assembly in case they form the alliance government.
At present, the PDP has 28 members and together with Congress and other independent MLAs, the 44-target seems achievable.
If sources are to be believed then the BJP is opposed to dissolution of the Assembly and fresh elections in the State on the ground that more than two and half year term of the present Assembly was still left and efforts should be explored to form new Government in the State.
However, according to sources, the BJP wants annual THE Amarnath yatra to pass off peacefully and violence level come down in the Valley under Governor’s rule before formation of new Government in the State.
Earlier, BJP state General Secretary Ashok Koul had said that doors of the saffron party are open to all political parties including PDP leaders.
Koul had said, “BJP did not betray PDP but the decision to withdraw support to PDP was taken by the central leadership in the larger national interests keeping in view the worsening law and order situation in Kashmir Valley. For BJP restoration of peace and order in Jammu & Kashmir is a priority supreme to all other party interests,” he had said.
(With inputs from KNS)