BJP’s Ram Madhav in Kashmir to cobble together a post-poll alliance

Madhav's visits are being attributed to strengthen the footprints of BJP in Kashmir and winning allies for the party.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: November 2, 2014 3:07 pm
Ram Madhav (Left) and Amit Shah (Right). (Source: PTI) Ram Madhav (Left) and Amit Shah (Right). (Source: PTI)

To cobble a post-poll alliance for BJP in muslim-majority Kashmir Valley; RSS ideologue and national general secretary BJP Ram Madhav visited Kashmir and held meetings with several leaders who are contesting assembly elections.

This is Madhav’s second visit to Valley in the last two months and his visits are being attributed to strengthen the footprints of BJP in Kashmir and winning allies for the party. The BJP leaders are hoping of winning good number of seats in Jammu and Ladakh regions of the state but in Kashmir they are still far behind.

BJP sources told The Indian Express that Ram Madhav held separate meetings with Chairman People’s Conference Sajjad Lone; Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir who is heading his own Democratic National Party and former minister and independent legislator Hakim Yasin who also is chairman of his own party.

Sources said that BJP general secretary also meet some leaders who have formed their own parties in the past few weeks and are fielding candidates from many constituencies. During the meetings Madhav discussed post-poll alliances of leaders or Kashmir based parties with the BJP.

Sources said that BJP is planning to cobble a post poll alliance of smaller parties and independent candidates who could help BJP to form government in the state. Chairman People’s Democratic Front Hakim Yasin told The Indian Express that he has not met any BJP leader, but he admitted that many legislators are planning to forge an alliance to become a force in coming elections.

“For the benefit of our state we can help any party that will assure us to develop our state and resolve issues. I along with Ghulam Hassan Mir; Yosuf Targami and independent legislator engineer Rashid are in touch to form an alliance,” he said.

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