The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a strong cognizance of the statement issued by leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad that the BJP's stubborn stand on the 'Hindu CM' for Jammu and Kashmir is impeding the formation of a popular government in the state.
"Ghulam Nabi Azad and his party have been shown the door after the mandate given by the people of the state," BJP organisational secretary Ashok Koul said while talking to Hindustan Times.
"He is still to come out of the shock of the defeat and is living in hallucinations. It is the people like him in the Congress, who always discriminated against Jammu on all issues," said Koul, adding, "The BJP would not compromise on any matter that may harm the interests of Jammu."
Koul said that the party never advocated for a Hindu CM, but will never fall short of a single promise made with the people of Jammu while forming the government in the state. He also took a dig at Azad terming him as 'desperate supporter' of the grand alliance to keep himself politically alive.
"What Azad has to do with the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. He and his party have been decimated here. It is the PDP and Mufti Mohammad Sayed who should take a call on it which they haven't done so far. The mandate to form a minority government even lies with the PDP, but what is withholding them is a surprising factor," said Ajay Chrungoo, chairman Panun Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers party chief Balwant Singh Mankotia, whose party could not clinch a single seat in the assembly elections, too, laughed at Azad's statement terming it as a 'desperate call'.
"He does not stand anywhere. He should not even interfere in the process. If he thinks Narendra Modi is interfering, he should himself see what he is doing. It is only a desperate statement from him," said Mankotia.
Though Mankotia refrained from commenting on 'Hindu CM' issue becoming an impediment on government formation, he admitted that it was the BJP's electioneering slogan to install "Hindu CM" in its mission 44+ call for Jammu and Kashmir.