|Next J&K CM will be from BJP, says Dy CM|
|Dialogue, ceasefire offer should come from 'other side'|
|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, May 15: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta today termed BJP's performance in the Karnataka Assembly elections a trailer of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and said the party would secure a majority on its own in the general elections.
"The BJP will retain power and form government on its own strength," Gupta told reporters in Jammu. He also claimed that the next Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir will be from BJP, when asked about the party's prospects in the next Assembly elections in the state, he said that the party would win more than its present number of 25 seats.
Gupta along with Director General of BSF K K Sharma, Director General of J&K Police S P Vaid and other senior paramilitary, police and civil officers laid wreath at the mortal remains of BSF Constable Devender Singh Baghel, killed in Pakistani firing, at the frontier headquarters of the force.
Gupta said he would chair a meeting to review the security situation in the state ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state on May 19. Asked about statements of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for dialogue with Pakistan despite frequent ceasefire violations, Gupta said, "Dialogue should be held with Pakistan, but the offer should come from that side."
In response to another question about amnesty to stone-pelters and the demand for ceasefire during the holy month of Ramzan, he said, "Amnesty has already been given to the (first time) stone-pelters. As far as the Ramzan ceasefire is concerned, the demand should come from the other side (militants and Hurriyat leaders).