Nothing new about separatists’ poll boycott calls: Madhav

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/19/2017 12:11:31 AM

`Call on poll contest after consultations with PDP’

JAMMU, Mar 18: BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav Saturday tried to play down the separatists poll boycott call saying there was nothing new about it as they had been giving such calls every time elections were round the corner.
However, he did not come out clear on the issue as whether BJP would contest the Lok Sabha by-polls or not. He maintained that the call would be taken after holding consultations with the alliance partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Madhav was replying to media queries after holding meetings with state party leaders to evolve strategies and know their view point vis-à-vis the by-elections for two Lok Sabha seats and Legislative Council polls.
“There is nothing new about it. Separatists have been giving such calls every time elections are round the corner. They have done the same thing now,” Madhav said when asked about the call by separatist leaders for the boycott of upcoming bypolls in Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats.
“We also do the same thing and appeal to the voters to come out in large numbers and participate in the elections. People should vote for whichever candidate they like as democracy is a celebration and everybody should participate in this celebration,” he said.
On whether the BJP would contest the Lok Sabha bypolls, Madhav felt that a mutually acceptable decision should be taken after consultations with the PDP.
“We had suggested to the leadership of the coalition partners BJP and PDP that they should sit and talk to each other. PDP should talk to the state leadership here and after that today or tomorrow the (BJP) central leadership will take a decision,” Madhav said.
“Let the two parties sit and talk to each other first. BJP had fought on all the six in Lok Sabha elections earlier and after that in assembly elections too”, he added.
The PDP has already announced its candidates for the two Lok Sabha seats but the BJP is yet to field any nominees. The rival parties, the National Conference and Congress would be contesting the elections as allies and have shared one seat each.
“Whether BJP has very less votes and what decision is to be taken in account of that vote bank, the two parties should hold discussions to talk each other and both should be satisfied that should be the way out,” Madhav said.



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