Ruling out alliance with any party in the state, Union minister Jitendra Singh today said BJP will go it alone “as of now” in the forthcoming Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections.
“The party as of now is going to polls on its own and on basis of its own strength. There is no option of alliance with anybody,” Udhampur MP Singh told reporters in Jammu on Tuesday.
Former separatist leader Sajjad Lone, a day after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also denied pre-poll alliance with any political party, but did not rule out such a possibility once the results of the elections are out on December 23.
Singh, when asked if there was any possibility of BJP having an alliance with separatists in the wake of meeting of Lone with Modi, said, “We are not here to discuss individuals. The question of alliance would only come after the elections.”
He also said his party was not in favour of separatism and neither any of his party leader has said that BJP endorses it. “It is your perception (alliance with separatists). We never said that.”
‘Depends on the math’
“Post-poll alliance is a matter of post-poll arithmetic,” said LOne, who has revived his slain father Abdul Gani Lone’s People’s Conference party.
The former Hurriyat leader said he was against a pre-poll alliance with any political party saying he wanted to test the electoral waters. “We will be contesting nearly 28 to 30 seats from the Kashmir Valley,” Lone said. There are 46 assembly seats in the Valley.
Lone had met BJP’s Modi after which he had told reporters that the meeting was aimed only at apprising him about the situation in the state arising after the September floods. He had described Modi as a “down to earth person” and said that the PM had spoken to him like an “elder brother”. Government had also sought to downplay the meeting, saying no meaning should be read into it.
Praises Modi again
Again praising Modi, Lone said the PM is a development-oriented person and anyone could meet him for sharing ideas.