BJP not to enter into post-poll alliance in J&K: Jaitley

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Jammu, Dec 14: Ruling out post-poll alliance with any regional party in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP on Monday said it has not deviated from its ideology on the issue of revocation of Article 370 from the state.

"Our views are the same which always were there and you know what our views are," Union Minister Arun Jaitley said while replying to a query about BJP not raising the issue of revocation of Article 370 in the ongoing Assembly elections.


On the possibility of a post-poll alliance to form the next government in J&K, he said, "We will not join hands with any regional party to form the government. BJP is trying to form the government of its own, if someone from the nationalistic forces want to come and sit with us we will let them join."

"We have no political relationship with these two regional parties (NC, PDP) as we have different ideologies," the senior BJP leader said.

Talking to reporters on sidelines of a party function here, Jaitley said that issues taken up by the party during campaigns were in context of the elections.

"Every election has its own context and the issues that we have raised are in context with the Assembly elections here," he said.

Without naming Article 370, which prohibits non-state subjects from buying immovable property in J&K, Jaitley said, "People are not ready to invest where they have so many complications and difficulties. Top universities want to come in Jammu and Kashmir, but would you be able to provide land for such universities?"

He said that if BJP forms the next government here it would form three regional councils so that there is equal distribution of funds and resources within the three regions of the state. 

In Channi near here, Jaitley attacked Congress saying it has not taken care of the interests of Jammu and their strategy has been to just get into government with either National Conference or PDP, whichever wins in the Valley.

He rued that the people of Jammu feel that injustice has been done to them in allocations in the state's budget, jobs and development.

"They feel they have been treated like second-class citizens in their own state," he said, adding that the people of the region have to evolve Jammu's leadership in the state's politics. Citing the example of Maharashtra and Haryana, where BJP was a junior partner previously, Jaitley said it has formed governments of its own in the two states after the public at large came out in support of Narendra Modi's leadership.

"With this confidence, we are contesting all the seats in J-K in order to give a new direction to history," the BJP leader said, adding that the party will not only sweep the Jammu and Ladakh regions but also win seats in Kashmir Valley to accomplish its 'Mission44+'.

The Finance Minister also referred to the "supreme sacrifice" made by its leader Shyama Prasad Mukherjee for the state and highlighted how BJP, after its formation, had launched its first political agitation in J-K.

He also expressed disappointment that after the Prime Minister announced the setting up of an IIT in the state, the proposal is still waiting as the state government is yet to clear land for it.

Jaitley also highlighted the exemplary work done by the armed forces during the recent floods in the state within hours of the crisis.


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