Union minister of state for the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Jitendra Singh has reiterated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stand, saying the All-India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) will be established first in Jammu and then in the Kashmir Valley.
He said the saffron party will not allow anyone to mislead the people or hijack its issue.
Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who is the patron of BJP's coalition partner in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has repeatedly been saying the single AIIMS hospital allocated to Jammu and Kashmir will be set up in the Valley.
However, on Thursday, Jitendra Singh said, "An exercise
in this regard has already started and I have spoken to finance minister Arun Jaitley also. An avoidable controversy has been created. We want to unite and not divide the people," Jitendra Singh said at a press conference in Jammu.
The announcement for setting up AIIMS was made in the agenda-of-alliance of the BJP-PDP alliance. However, the issue, like many others in the recent weeks, has snowballed into a row with both PDP and BJP talking into different voices over it.
Jammu observed a complete shutdown twice over this issue, with warnings by the coordination committee spearheading the agitation to intensify protests.
Jitendra Singh said the BJP and PDP, despite their ideological differences, formed the government after sidestepping on some core ideological issues. He added that the saffron party wouldn't now allow the PDP to push its ideological agenda while continuing to be in alliance.