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PDP says ready to work with BJP

india Updated: Feb 05, 2014 00:33 IST
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Cosying up with the BJP ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday said it was ready to work with the saffron party for the sake of the state if the latter comes to power at the Centre.

"We are willing to work with the BJP for the sake of the state. We will not have any truck with the BJP but we were able to persuade all the successive (central) governments, to work with us. We will continue to do so for the sake of the state," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti .

In what could be considered a veiled approval of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the saffron party, Mufti said a `strong leadership' and `a strong national party' at the helm of affairs in Delhi would be "good for Kashmir."

"Although we had no alliance with the BJP (during the NDA regime) we worked together on (the issues of cross border trade and Srinagar-Muzafarabad bus service, we will continue to do the same no matter which party comes to power," she added. .

"Our agenda while as providing good governance is also working towards resolution of Kashmir issue, we have worked with Vajpayeeji and we have worked with UPA, so we think a strong leadership at the centre will be good for Kashmiris," she said.

Reacting to rumours of National Conference Patron Dr Farooq Abdullah meeting NDA leaders, Mufti said she was not surprised. ``If the news comes that PDP has an alliance with BJP that should be surprising not NC.

"When Gujarat was burning it was Farooq Abdullah who defended Modi saying the Gujarat killings should not be politicised," she added.

Reacting to the AAP list of corrupt politicians figuring Dr Farooq, Mufti said it has not come as a `surprise' . "The family (Sheikhs) owns properties more than all the business houses of Kashmir put together. His name has figured in JKCA scam, and so many other scams, so we were not surprised," she added.

Till sometimes back an alliance with BJP was not a very accepted provision, today however Kashmir's main opposition party PDP has all good words for the party which seems likely to win the coming national polls.

Although ruling out an alliance with BJP, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said that her party was willing to work with BJP for the sake of the state. "We will not have any tuck with BJP but we were able to persuade the government all successive governments to work with us we will continue to do so for the sake of the state," said Mufti.