‘Ideologically different’ BJP-PDP came together in mass interest: Jitendra Singh

, 5:39 PM IST

Agartala (Tripura) : Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Saturday said the PDP and BJP came together to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir despite ideological differences to give respect to the mandate of the people.

Singh, who is on a one-day visit to Tripura, talking to the media after a brief meeting with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar at the state secretariat here said the PDP and BJP entered into an alliance on the basis of development.

“The alliance was primarily devoted to development and, therefore, the two parties came together despite ideological differences in the interest of the masses and to give respect to the mandate of the people,” Singh said.

He further stated that the BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in favour of overall development of the nation, including the bordering state of Jammu and Kashmir and the north-east region.

“None of the states, particularly those located at the periphery, whether it is Jammu and Kashmir or it is the north-east, should be deprived of this benefit. So, let all us all be a part of this development journey led by Prime Minister Modi which has given us huge amount of respectability even globally. Therefore, I think both parties came together with that thought and motivation,” he added.

The BJP had on Friday unanimously decided to form a coalition government with the PDP and decided on supporting Mehbooba Mufti as the Chief Minister.

It elected former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh as legislative party leader who would be the party’s candidate for the post of Deputy Chief Minister.

The PDP and the BJP today called on Jammu and Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra to stake claim to form the government in the state. (ANI)