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BJP denies support to disgruntled PDP leaders, says ‘have no contact with them’

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Srinagar: After Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) disgruntled leader, Abdul Majeed Padder claimed to have 51 MLAs and can form the government, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said its 25 legislators are not the part of any government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP State General Secretary (Organization) Ashok Koul said that there was no deliberation going on over the formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir, adding that the party is not interested to form the next dispensation in the state at present.

However, he said that in case need arises, the party will discuss to form the government.

Asked about reports regarding Sajad Lone becoming next chief Minister, he said, “in case we discuss formation of next dispensation, we will discuss the position of Sajad Lone accordingly.”

Reacting over the statement made by Majeed Padder, Koul said, “it is Padder who can answer this question. It is he who knows where these MLAs are. We have only 25 MLAs and we will concentrate on our own MLAs.”

Earlier, Padder claimed to end current uncertainty, saying that have the support of 51 lawmakers in the 87 member Legislative Assembly to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir. “Rest assured, don’t worry about the numbers. We have more numbers than required. You need 44 members and we have 51 members. There is no problem as far as numbers are concerned. You will soon get to know how much numbers we have,” Padder had said.

Asked whether these disgruntled leaders are in direct contact with BJP high command, Koul said that “there was no direct contact of New Delhi with PDP’s disgruntled leaders as BJP high command could have informed the state unit then. BJP high command always deliberates things with the state unit.”


(With inputs from KNS)

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