New Delhi, July 9 : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy made a controversial statement on Monday that a tradition of having only Muslims as chief minister in Jammu and Kashmir will not be tolerated and it is time to install a Hindu chief minister.
“There should be a Hindu CM in Jammu and Kahsmir . If the PDP has a Hindu or a Sikh member we can make that member the CM. The tradition imposed by Nehru that there would only be a Muslim CM in J&K will not be tolerated, Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy said.
The coalition government between Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended on 19 June , 2018 after the latter unilaterally pulled its support stating that it had become untenable to continue with the PDP government in Kashmir.
This statement by Swamy came after reports that BJP is talking with some rebel PDP legislatures to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir and Swamy has given his opinion to install Hindu Chief Minister.
Jammu and Kashmir has since been under Governor’s rule, the fourth time since 2008 and eight time since 1977. Jammu and Kashmir has had nine Chief Ministers since 1965.
Swamy is now advising BJP that Hindutva is going to help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and economic development won’t bring in votes.
“Economic development is not going to bring in votes. (Former prime minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji used ‘India Shining’ as his government’s campaign motto but failed. The BJP promised reassertion in its faith (Hindutva) and a corruption-free government. Hence, it won so many seats in 2014,” the Rajya Sabha member said while speaking at a function titled “India’s Grand Narrative”, organised by the Virat Hindustan Sangam in Mumbai on Sunday.