BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has demanded that the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir should be a Hindu.
The BJP leader indicated that the “tradition” of having only Muslim chief ministers in the state was “imposed” by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and it was time to do away with that tradition.
“If the PDP (People’s Democratic Party) has a Hindu or a Sikh member, we can make that member the CM,” Swamy was quoted as telling news agency ANI. “The tradition imposed by Nehru that there would only be a Muslim CM in J&K will not be tolerated.”
After days of backroom negotiations, hopes of a new government forming in Jammu and Kashmir have somewhat brightened, reports suggest. The only sticking point now is over the chief minister’s post, it is believed.
According to a report in The Indian Express, the talks are being held between the BJP, rebel PDP MLAs and the Sajad Lone-led People’s Conference
There should be a Hindu CM (in J&K). If the PDP has a Hindu or a Sikh member we can make that member the CM. The tradition imposed by Nehru that there would only be a Muslim CM in J&K will not be tolerated: Subramanian Swamy pic.twitter.com/Bd8T1lqY7L
— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2018
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has, however, denied reports that the BJP is trying to form the government, and maintained that the party favoured the continuation of Governor’s rule in the state.
The BJP ended its alliance with the PDP last month, leading to the collapse of the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government. The PDP has 28 seats in the 87-member Assembly, while the BJP has 25.
Post collapse of the PDP-BJP government, former Sports Minister and MLA from Pattan constituency Molvi Imran Reza Ansari and his uncle and MLA from Zadibal constituency Abid Hussain Ansari rebelled against Mehbooba and hinted at creating “Peoples Bloc” with all like-minded party members.
“We had joined the party when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was leading it. He had formed the party against the dynastic and family rule. Peoples Democratic Party has been converted into Family Democratic Party. There are many like-minded people with us. In coming days nobody is going to be with Mehbooba Mufti. Let her be with her Mama, Musa, Chacha and Bhai”, Imran told DNA.
Former Minister said they would talk to the “like-minded” people and discuss future course of action. “We are ready for the elections. There is nothing in mind (about government formation). We are ready to face people. We do not want to keep people in dark. I am not a paratrooper in the party. I am a people’s man”, he said.
Hinting at quitting the PDP, Imran said it better to leave this party before things will fall on them. “What will we do in the party? Few people have hijacked the party. Though I was a minister, I have been conveying to them that we feel choked”, he said.