Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said Jammu and Kashmir State is the basis of the ideology of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "For BJP, J&K is not only the integral part of India, but the basis of our party," the saffron party leader said while addressing a public rally.
"The BJP has a very long relationship with Jammu and Kashmir. Whenever anyone inks the history of Jansangh or BJP, the special mention goes to Shyama Prasad Mukherji and Pandit Premnath Dogra besides Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deen Dayal Upadhyay and LK Advani."
Elucidating on the role of the party in the state Jaitley said the BJP was the first party that became the voice of Jammu. The first mass movement for J&K was initiated by Shyama Prasad Mukherji and Pandit Premnath Dogra, he added.
Asking people to prepare for a new era, Jaitley said, "No one predicted BJP victory at Centre. Who could have believed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally could generate such a humongous response, who could have believed BJP will win Lok Sabha seat from Leh. But now the ground reality has changed, the chemistry has changed."
"Besides Jammu, party is also going to fair exceedingly well in Kashmir and Ladakh as well," Jaitley claimed.
Taking a dig at the Congress, Jaitley said the former ruling party's only objective is to become "second fiddle" to any party that gets majority in Valley.
"Congress has lost its base. It appears that party will not even cross double digits in the ensuing elections," he said.
Jaitley asked the BJP candidate from Gandhi Nagar assembly constituency, Kavinder Gupta to highlight the role of Congress vis a vis discrimination with Jammu.
"It is disturbing that people of Jammu had to fight for a piece of land for eight lakh devotees undertaking Amarnath Yatra every year," Jaitley said.
"Time has come that people of Jammu leave the role of playing second fiddle and play an equal role in every sphere." he added.