Bhartiya Janta Party is indecisive about the fielding of candidates for forth-coming parliamentary elections in Kashmir.
“So far we have not decided about the fielding of candidates in Kashmir for general elections,” BJP general secretary (Org) Ashok Kaul said to newspapers. He said that any decision of fielding the candidates will be taken after consultation with party high command.
“Now, for the masses BJP is no different than other parties – PDP, National Conference, Congress. What will matter now is the work that we put in for our party and for the public,” he said. “We are gaining in Kashmir. We have won 100 wards in the valley in the four-phased Urban Local Body elections.”
Pertinently, the Congress was ahead of the BJP in the valley by bagging 157 wards, while saffron party won in 100 wards. The boycott call by separatists, coupled with threats by militants, and non-participation of the National Conference and the PDP, helped both the BJP and the Congress in a major way as 76 and 78 candidates from the respective parties were elected without any contest.
The senior BJP leader said both parliamentary and assembly elections are very important for the party. He said they will go in the elections with a strategy. “It will be the decision of party high command weather to ally with any other party or not.”
BJP general secretary said that they have strong footing in Jammu. “This election we will gain in Jammu division,” he said. “We swept Municipal elections in Jammu and that is indication we are gaining more and more in Jammu.”
The BJP swept the Jammu Municipal elections and won a total of 169 seats in these bodies followed by Independents at 167 and the Congress at 96. The Congress suffered a big loss in the election, winning only 14 seats in the 74-member JMC. Independent candidates won 18 seats in the JMC.
Since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in 2016, no political party has been able to hold a public rally in southern Kashmir.
Elected legislators rarely visit their constituencies, and when they do, it’s under heavy security as their cavalcades are often pelted with stones by angry protestors.
“We held several meetings in southern Kashmir districts,” claimed the BJP general secretary.