Article 370 part of BJP poll manifesto: Ram Madhav

‘Separatists should approach Narendra Modi instead of knocking at doors of Pakistani PM’

Sticking on its stance of discussion on Article 370, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Friday reiterated that the issue remains a part of its election manifesto in JK.

Talking to media persons here, Ram Madhav, national spokesman of BJP, in a guarded response to queries about the remarks of party’s Amira Kadal candidate on Article 370, said that some workers and leaders of the BJP are uncertain about various aspects of the Article.
“Many leaders and workers of the party are yet not fully aware about the features of that Article and once the party will address the issue in its manifesto, we are sure all leaders, besides common public will unanimously support the idea,” said Madhav.
He claimed that BJP was very much sure in keeping this Article in the election manifesto.
Pertinently, BJP’s candidate from Amira Kadal, Hina Bhat, had said that she would be the first ‘to pick up gun if Article 370 was abrogated’.
Madhav appealed separatists to join the political mainstream and approach Narendra Modi instead of ‘knocking at the doors of Pakistani PM.’
“Instead of approaching Pakistani Prime Minister or Pakistan High Commissioner, it is better to join (political) mainstream. Come to Prime Minister, the doors are always open,” he said.
“We will not join hands with separatists, but having said that, we appeal to all sections of people to leave separatist path and join political mainstream. Come forward, doors are open for you,” Madhav said.
Meanwhile, in a scathing attack on the rebel leaders, BJP leader said that presence or absence of such leaders hardly affect its (party’s) performance, ‘as it is the party of masses’.
Ram Madhav said that his party was like a big tree and many birds come and go, but it hardly affects the tree.
“Some party workers and leaders are disgruntled with the distribution of tickets, but they should know this that party gives impartial treatment to all its workers and distribution of tickets has been done after proper survey by the party high command to ensure winning combination,” he said, adding that doors of BJP are always open for the people who want to establish corruption free state and nation.
While speaking on the occasion, MoS in PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that BJP is a democratic party and strives to end dynastic politics.
“We do not encourage family rule politics. Ours is the party of masses, wherein every individual has the freedom to take independent decisions about his party affiliations,” he said, adding that coming in or going out of an individual from the party does not affect its public image.
Earlier, following the line of parliament elections, BJP state unit launched Media Cell to keep media updated of the daily activities of its candidates.
Briefing about the utility of the cell, BJP state spokesperson, Arun Gupta, said that this cell would also work to highlight the loopholes in the government departments.
The cell started functioning today with accentuating the ‘incompetence’ of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in forecasting rains, which led to floods in the state.

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