BJP Hints at Post-poll Alliance with Sajad Lone

SRINAGAR: Senior BJP leader and former RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav on Wednesday confirmed his meeting with former Kashmiri separatist leader Sajad Lone and did not rule out a post-election alliance with his People's Conference in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Headlines Today, Madhav said, "The BJP will support any democratic party that joins forces to defeat J-K's family-run parties. There can be no objection to meeting those who join the electoral process."
Jammu and Kashmir will vote in a five-phased Assembly election beginning November 25.
"The BJP is confident of being able to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir. People of Kashmir have appreciated the role of Modi government in providing flood relief," Madhav said.
When asked about the BJP's stand on Article 370 which grants a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Madhav dodged the question, "Our manifesto will reveal whether Article 370 is a part of our agenda for Jammu and Kashmir elections or not."
When asked about the accusations that the BJP is seeking to divide a Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir on religious lines to gain in the forthcoming elections, Madhav denied the allegation by saying, "It is wrong to say the BJP is attempting polarisation of Jammu and Kashmir before the polls."
"The primary focus in Jammu and Kashmir polls will be on growth and development. The religion of the chief ministerial candidate has no consequence," he said, refusing to reveal the party's CM candidate in the state.

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