PDP-BJP alliance an opportunity to solve Kashmir imbroglio: PDP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2015 22:02 IST

The PDP has said the possible PDP-BJP alliance is an historic opportunity to get the country out of the Kashmir imbroglio. PDP chief spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar said this, adding the two parties agree on many issues, but some points of differences remain.

"The issues of convergence between the two parties are many and both the parties have agreed on them. There are differences on one or two issues and talks are going on to settle them," said Peoples Democratic Party chief spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar while talking to media after six candidates of the party filed nomination papers for the legislative council elections.

The PDP and the BJP are contesting 11 seats in an alliance.

"The BJP-PDP alliance is an historic opportunity for the region and the country to get out of the Kashmir imbroglio. Both the parties have contested elections to bring about change. The government must have political stability and people should get justice and for that there should a common minimum programme," said Nayeem Akhtar.

The PDP has put the conditions, including resumption of talks with Pakistan, separatists, and revocations of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), as some of the conditions to be incorporated in the CMP. These along with the citizenship rights to West Pakistan refugees settled in Jammu are basic contentious issues.

He said the state needs permanent peace and for it to happen India should hold talks with Pakistan and the Centre should resume talks with the internal stake holders (read separatists), who have a different view on the state.

"Why, there is need for AFSPA. It has become an embarrassment poster for the Centre as it gives a message that you are running the only Muslim majority state in the country with military law," said the PDP spokesperson.

"Where is need for AFSPA when everything else, including elections are held, in democratic manner. Even the accused in the Machail killing and the death of the two youth in Kashmir have been punished. But, still AFSPA is there," he said

The National Conference taking a jibe at delay in government formation said the real issue for the PDP is the chief ministerial seat for six-year.

"The moment BJP agrees to give six-year chief ministerial tenure to the PDP, the government will be formed next day," said NC MLA Devender Rana.

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