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Exclusive: Senior BJP leader Seshadri Chari calls Ram Madhav “Political novice” for his comment on J&K alliance.

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Chari said that a meeting between Congress leader Manish Tewari and National Conference VP Omar Abdullah took place in London where he was also present.

 

Senior BJP leader and party’s National Executive Member Seshadri Chari said that terming the NC-PDP-Congress alliance in J&K a Pakistan plot is “laughable”. He was commenting on the statement made by BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Ram Madhav. Chari further called Madhav a “political novice” for not being able to estimate the alliance in making in the state.

On Wednesday, the dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has fuelled a political fire in the state. While the PDP, NC and Congress accused the BJP government at the Centre of pressurizing the governor, BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav alleged that the PDP and NC had received “instructions from across the border” for the alliance.

Talking to Sujit Nair, managing editor of HW News, Chari said that a meeting between Congress leader Manish Tewari and National Conference VP Omar Abdullah took place in London where he was also present. Noting that the idea of alliance came up for a discussion, he said, “I suggested to Omar Abdullah that if BJP and PDP can form a government in the best interest of Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference and BJP can also form the government.”

Chari further shared an anecdote that Omar Abdullah was Minister of States in the NDA-I government under Vajpayee. He said that Mehbooba Mufti’s father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed served as a Home Minister of India and BJP-PDP alliance ruled the Jammu and Kashmir for three years. “Was it Pakistan which told Vajpayee to take Omar Abdullah as a minister? When PDP and BJP formed a government, did they go to Pakistan and ask?

Criticizing the governor’s statement that opposing ideologies won’t be able to give a stable government, Chari recalled the BJP-PDP alliance. “They (BJP and PDP) have opposing ideologies. So any party forming a coalition with BJP is good, nationalist. But if you form a government without BJP, you are anti-national. To say this is unacceptable and unethical,” Chari said.

Sharing some insights from the London meeting, Chari said that Omar Abdullah ruled out the possibility of forming the government with BJP. “Omar Abdullah said we cannot form the government with the BJP, but that does not mean we cannot form a government with PDP,” Chari recalled. Abdullah even said that NC is prepared to support PDP in the interest of Jammu and Kashmir. Chari mentioned that he suspected that the NC-PDP-Congress alliance is in the making. “We (BJP) should have been a little more alert,” Chari said.

When asked why Ram Madhav was not aware of this, he said, “If somebody decides to be a political novice, we can do nothing about it.” However, he promptly added that it was not the party’s official stand. Answering the question ‘when can one is considered talking for himself or the party’, Chari said that any person that identifies with BJP should be more frugal and careful in his utterances. “Especially about the state, political parties which are in a sensitive zone,” he added.

We tried to reach Ram Madhav for his comment. However, he did not respond to our calls. This story will be updated when he responds.

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