Bhartiya Janata Party National General Secretary and Kashmir minder Ram Madhav said that former Chief Minister had allowed the government forces to operate freely during her tenure while the Government of India had announced ‘operation all-out’.
“..(T)hough government forces faced difficulties on the security front, the Mehbooba-led government had allowed them to operate freely,” Madhav said in an interview with Greater Kashmir.
After the BJP dumped its coalition partner People’s Democratic Party recently, the PDP sympathisers floated that idea that the party was acting as a buffer against GoI’s “harsh policies” on Kashmir.
Madhav also said his party was making no attempt to work out numbers needed for forming a government in the State after it withdrew from the coalition with the PDP.
His response came after former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that his “reports and inputs now suggest that contrary to what the BJP general secretary said publicly, the BJP is helping the churning within the PDP with the possibility of the party splitting, and then perhaps trying to form another government.”
Although the BJP was part of the government, Madhav said, but the party wasn’t in the driving seat.
“It was Mehbooba Mufti and PDP. They were taking a number of decisions not to our liking, like appointing a large number of consultants. Why to appoint consultants when you have efficient officers from civil services like KAS and IAS officers who are doing good job. They engaged consultants at very high salaries. What was the delivery? Look at the situation in the state. We felt, in our and their thinking, mismatch was growing,” said Madhav.
He said his party has numbers in Jammu but “doesn’t have any say” in Kashmir.
“Show me the option (for forming the government). We have severed links with PDP and there is no question of going back. The NC and BJP will not happen because Omar sahib has categorically ruled it out. There will be no attempt from our side…But if NC and PDP think they can come together to form an alliance, who will stop them,” said Madhav.
The BJP point-man arrived here on Wednesday and called on Governor NN Vohra and later met Pro-freedom leader-turned-minister Sajad Lone before flying back to New Delhi this afternoon.