A day after the BJP pulled out of alliance with Mehbooba Mufti's People Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav in an exclusive interview with Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on ‘Nation Wants To Know’ said BJP-PDP alliance was not a failed alliance.
“If an alliance that lasts for 3 years runs smoothly, as far as the alliance is concerned, because you have seen our alliances where the partners quarrel on a daily basis writing editorials against each other. Here is an alliance which ran smoothly for 3 years with perfect understanding. And, you have alliances without any ideological problems collapsing in less than one year. and you are calling it a failed alliance,” said the BJP General Secretary.
However, Ram Madhav also insisted that the situation in the state asked for a pull out.
“This is a situation which demanded that we take a stand. It is mainly to give governor a chance to handle the situation,” said Ram Madhav.
“We're not giving up on Kashmir, we're giving up on our government...Our governor, who will be the representing President of India and people of India, will continue to work to improve the situation in the Valley,” he added.
Ram Madhav also said the BJP was not in the alliance with the PDP while compromising its own or the nation’s interests.
“No compromises, no mistakes- we were there in the government as long as it was not fully in, not a situation where we had to walk out, because we decided we will give a chance to this arrangement, respecting the mandate. One can have different views,” he said.
Defending Ramzan ceasefire, Ram Madhav said that BJP gave nod to PDP’s advice and ceasefire was offered keeping in mind the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Ceasefire was offered keeping in mind the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We have offered it during the month of Ramzan, it was offered earlier also.
Ram Madhav claimed that though the idea of ceasefire was pitched by Mehbooba Mufti, the decision was taken by the Government of India.
He then said that when ceasefire was not been reciprocated by Pakistan, BJP pulled out of the government in the state.
“Had that not happened, had the reciprocation not happened, probably we would not have broken the alliance today. So we took a- see in the interest of the state and in the interest of the people, we took that decision when it was not yielding the results. Not only, not extended the ceasefire, not ceasefire it is suspension of operations, we have pulled out of the government,”said Ram Madhav.
Ram Madhav also maintained that declaration of ceasefire was not a mistake.
“Ceasefire was not a mistake. We took that decision in good faith. This phase gave some relief to the people. We will ask people. We will ask soldiers, we asked policemen, that is why we took the final decision not to extend any suspension of operations... It was no longer tenable for us to continue in the government. It's a very big decision that we took,”said the BJP general secretary.
He also added that since proactive operations were suspended during the ceasefire “security forces killed terrorists during ceasefire as well.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday pulled out of alliance with Mehbooba Mufti's People Democratic Party(PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, following which Mehbooba Mufti resigned as the CM of the state. After her resignation Governor's rule was imposed in the state.