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BJP denies power struggle in J&K, Ram Madhav favours continuation of Guv rule

7/7/2018

New Delhi, The BJP on Saturday sought to put to rest all speculation about the party's reported attempts to come to power in Jammu and Kashmir in alliance with the rebel PDP and said the ruling dispensation in the centre is in favour of "continuing" with the Governor's rule in the state. "We are for continuing with Governor’s rule in the interest of peace, governance and development in the state," BJP general secretary and party's point-man in the state tweeted. He was responding to a tweet from National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, who said: "Contrary to Ram Madhav's assertions the state unit of the BJP confesses to being party to the efforts to break the PDP. Power at any cost would seem to be the guiding philosophy". Mr Madhav further said replying to Mr Abdullah: "Not true (about BJP trying to capture power). I will certainly check with the state unit and ensure that BJP keeps itself scrupulously out of whatever is happening in other parties in the valley". There has been reports that the BJP, which pulled out of PDO-led alliance in June, may now try to form an alternative government with the support of rebel PDP MLAs and may certainly include Sajjad Lone of People's Conference in their scheme of things. Peoples’ Conference chairman Mr Sajjad Lone has earlier this week clarified on social network that he has not held any meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi post the fall of PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. According to sources in PDP and BJP, the speculation on formation of an alternative government gained currency only after some PDP MLAs have questioned Mehbooa Mufti's leadership and said that they are not in favour of elections.Mr Lone, had, however met Mr Ram Madhav and other state BJP leaders in Srinagar. Meanwhile, in another tweet endorsed the link of a story of July 4 that says Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also favoured good accountability and accountability in the state. The coalition government of the state's Peoples Democratic Party and BJP fell on June 19 after the latter withdrew support "to protect the national interest." In the 89-member assembly, PDP has 28 MLAs, followed by BJP 25, National Conference 15, Congress 12, People's Conference 2 and CPI-M - 1 among others.

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