A day after former separatist leader Sajjad Lone met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP on Tuesday said Modi’s doors were open for the secessionists “if they join the national mainstream”.BJP general secretary Ram Madhav (second from right) with Congress leaders who joined the BJP in Srinagar on Tuesday.
“We welcome all to join the efforts of the Prime Minister for the development of Jammu and Kashmir. You (separatists) give up separatism and come forward; the doors of the Prime Minister are open for you,” BJP national general secretary and former RSS spokesman Ram Madhav said here.
“Through separatism, you are meeting Pakistan’s prime minister or its high commissioner here. Come into the national mainstream,” he urged separatists, and said development of J&K “is very high on the PM’s agenda”. All “well-intentioned” people for whom the development of Kashmir was of prime importance, should come forward to join hands with Modi, Madhav stressed.
On his meetings with the leaders of various small parties, Madhav said he had met them with a message of development. “On earlier occasions when I came here, I tried to talk to people who would be interested in strengthening the hands of Modi and help turn Srinagar into a major tourist destination, provide employment to people, develop economic activity.”
He also said the BJP was contesting the polls on its own and Lone’s meeting with Modi should not be seen as some prepoll alliance. “Be clear that we are contesting the elections on our own. We are contesting on many seats in the state and we hope to win maximum number of them The talk of alliances and all will only be after the polls. He also said that any person belonging to the state can become the chief minister “regardless of religion or caste”.
370: ‘WAIT FOR MANIFESTO’
He evaded questions on revocation of Article 370 that gives special status to J&K, saying the BJP state unit would come out with a manifesto with “all answers”.