Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Nalin Kohli on Friday said the party’s alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was old and would continue in Punjab.
Kohli, who was here to highlight the achievements of the one-year-old Narendra Modi government, said there were always ideological differences between any two parties, “but that doesn’t mean that they can’t work together”.
Addressing a press conference, where he was accompanied by former state BJP president Rajinder Bhandari and Ludhiana district unit president Praveen Bansal, Kohli said the BJP-led central government was aware of the drug menace in Punjab and steps were being taken to eliminate it as soon as possible.
On the alliance between the BJP and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, Kohli said both parties, despite their ideological differences, were working for the welfare of the people of the terror-torn state. “J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has taken a stand against terrorism and is working in coordination with the BJP,” he added.
On the Ram Mandir, Kohli said it was an issue of faith, not a political one. The BJP cannot interfere as the matter is still sub judice, he observed.
Listing the achievements of the Modi government, the BJP spokesperson said: “The credibility of the central government as well as India has increased. During the UPA regime, there was an atmosphere of despair, but now faith in the institution of the prime minister has been restored.”
“India is exhibiting new confidence. Whenever a countryman has faced problems abroad, India has sent teams to initiate rescue operations. India has also helped other countries, be it Iraq, Ukraine, Libya or Nepal,” said Kohli.