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February 28, 2015

BJP forgets Article 370, forms coalition government in Jammu Kashmir with PDP's Mufi Mohammad Sayeed as chief minister

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that always promised abrogating the Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has chosen to forget its own ideological position.

On Sunday, the party formed a coalition government with People's Democratic Party (PDP) supremo Mufi Mohammad Sayeed, an arch-rival as far as the ideology of the BJP is concerned.

Sayeed, 49, took oath as chief minister of the Muslim-majority state. PM Narendra Modi was present during the oath taking ceremony which was held in Jammu. This is the first time that BJP has come to power in the State, albeit, in an alliance, with PDP as the major partner.

In the Assembly election, none of the parties had got a clear majority. After 49 days of governor's rule, BJP and PDP came together to form the government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Sayeed and termed it a historic opportunity.

The BJP has however not spoken about the dilution of its stand on Article 370. Both the parties have said that there would be status quo. The BJP would not ask for scrapping it though it was the main demand of the party and part of its Hindutva plank for decades.

TIH Bureau

Owaisi demands reservation for Muslims in Nagpur, MIM to use 'Jai Bheem, Jai Meem' slogan for Dalit-Muslim unity

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi addressed a rally in Nagpur in Maharashtra.

Incidentally, Nagpur is the city that also houses the headquarters of the Hindu organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Owaisi arrived in Nagpur despite stiff opposition from different groups. In his address, he focused on reservation for Muslims.

Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's term 'sabka sath, sabka vikas', he said that PM should ask BJP CM in Maharashtra to ensure reservation for minorities.

The MIM supremo has been trying to bring Dalits and Muslims together. The slogan, 'Jai Bheem, Jai Meem', aims at bringing the two communities close. MIM had contested the recently Assembly election and had won two seats.

More than 25% population of Maharashtra belongs to Dalits and Muslims. Dalits earlier voted for Congress and RPI. BSP has also failed to emerge in the state till now. Now Hyderabad-based AIMIM is eying this vote bank. The Shiv Sena and the BJP had both opposed the plan of the AIMIM to hold the rally. 

TIH Bureau

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