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Mandate from Kashmir and Jammu was not for PDP-BJP coalition
BJP doesn't know what it says
2/14/2018 11:14:40 PM

Early Times Report

JAMMU, Feb 14: The BJP has lost its way. It doesn't know what it says. On Tuesday, the BJP national spokesperson Amit Malaviya sprung a big surprise saying that the people of Jammu & Kashmir had voted for the PDP-BJP coalition government and the formation of the PDP-BJP coalition was the choice of the people of the state.
Far from it. The fact of the matter is that both the PDP and the BJP had fought against each other and exposed each other during the 2014 assembly elections. Both had fought separately and on their own election planks which were contradictory and mutually exclusive. The BJP had fought elections on Jammu-specific and nation-specific elections planks as well as on the plank that it would empower refugees from Pakistan and meet the demands of the refugees from PoJK and Kashmir Valley, if voted to power.
Earlier on December 1, 2013, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate and then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had sought mandate from Jammu against what he called "misrule and misdeeds" of "Baap-Beta" (Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah) and "Baap-Beti" "Mufti Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti). Besides, he had advocated the need of a debate on Article 370, saying Article 370 would be repealed if it had worked against the state and jeopardized the interests of the people of the state and would be retained if it had benefited the state and its people. He had made these announcements from the Jammu's MAM Stadium during what was called "Lalkar Rally". It was a massive show of strength with about one lakh people taking part in the Lalkar Rally.
On the other hand, the PDP had fought elections on the Kashmir-centric planks opposing tooth and nail the BJP's ideology and programmes. It had, in addition, contested the election on self-rule plank: Shared sovereignty, porous borders, dual currency and demilitarization. It had stated categorically that it would not tolerate any attack of the BJP on Article 370 and on the state's special status. But more than that, it had urged the people of Kashmir not to give one vote to the BJP.
This is the truth. Even after the formation of the PDP-BJP coalition government on March 1, 2015, late chief Minister Mufti Sayeed had said that it was a "coalition of North and South Poles" and that it was essential to bridge the difference between the two estranged regions.
The BJP would do well to not mislead the nation by saying that the people of the state voted for the PDP-BJP coalition otherwise it would be be construed a negation of the 2014 mandate.
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