BJP rejected PDP proposal for exclusive talks with Hurriyat: Madhav

  • Tarun Upadhyay, None, Jammu
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2015 21:19 IST

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav has reportedly said hard-line separatist Masarat Alam will be behind the bars for at least one year.

He said the BJP had also rejected the proposal of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to hold talks with Hurriyat leaders.

"I can assure you Masarat Alam will not be allowed to come out at least for one year," Madhav had reportedly told the BJP leaders at the working committee meeting at Katra.

It's the first meeting of the party after the government formation, which has been hit by controversy from the day one.

The BJP is sharing power for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was held in the background of waving the Pakistani flags by Masarat Alam. Sources said the BJP pressurised Sayeed, who holds home department, to arrest Masarat ahead of the meeting.

Madhav was the team of interlocutors who held parleys on government formation in the state.

In his address, he tried to dispel apprehensions of the BJP cadres that the party was forced to play second fiddle, shedding its core ideological issues.

Meanwhile, Madhav reportedly said, "Mufti Sayeed had said the Centre should hold talks with the Hurriyat leaders. But, we rejected it and said the Centre will hold talks with all stakeholders of the state and not just Hurriyat." Madhav had reportedly said.

He said even though it's an alliance of contradictions, but it has not happened for the first time in the political history of India.

"Revocation of Article 370 is our core issue. As the state government doesn't have much say on it so we decided to play it down or rather sideline it in the electioneering," he had reportedly said.

"There is an impression that the PDP had been given major share and important ministries. We too have important ministries. Our aim is to implement all the items of the CMP and we will ensure it," Madhav said.

The BJP has just five ministers in the 16-minister cabinet. Even, former CM Omar Abdullah had mocked at it in a debate in the assembly. The Congress, too, has accused the BJP of surrendering the mandate of Jammu by not getting equal representation in the cabinet.

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