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BJP denies joining hands with PDP

BJP denies joining hands with PDP, criticises Kashmir-centric parties which discriminate against the Jammu region..

india Updated: Mar 12, 2009 16:55 IST

Criticising both the PDP and the NC as Kashmir-centric parties which discriminate against the Jammu region, the BJP today criticised former chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah's statement that there is a BJP-PDP alliance.

"BJP condemns the statement of Dr Abdullah alleging alliance of BJP with PDP as totally irresponsible and politically motivated," BJP spokesperson Ramesh Arora told reporters here.

Referring to the recent legislative council elections, he said the fact that both BJP and PDP had voted in favour of the JKNPP candidate does not mean that there was any kind of understanding between them as both parties had voted on their own.

Arora said BJP is a party with a difference and has its own ideology. It has always opposed Kashmir-centric parties, including PDP and NC, as they are responsible for the continuous discrimination against the Jammu region.

He said the BJP is committed to remove the present political imbalance between the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu region where, Jammu, despite its larger geographical area and population, has only 37 assembly seats while the Kashmir Valley has 46.

First Published: Mar 12, 2009 16:48 IST