25/12/2014 8:36 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

BJP Holds "Veto-Power" In J&K, Says Arun Jaitley


JAMMU: Asserting that it has several options in government-formation in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP said on Thursday it holds the "veto power" in the state.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP's central observer for J&K, told reporters in J&K that the party was actively in touch with independent and "unattached" MLAs.

"Whoever forms the government, BJP must have a crucial role in it," he said.

Jaitley said BJP now holds the "veto power" in the state. "Earlier, the veto power was in the hands of Congress and now it's in the hands of BJP," he said.

Meanwhile former chief minister Omar Abdullah denied that his party was planning to align with the BJP.

Meanwhile Jaitley told media following a meeting of newly-elected BJP MLAs that the legislators authorised party President Amit Shah to decide the future course of action on government formation.

"All options are open for us. The newly-elected MLAs of the party have decided that they will go with the decision of the party president Amit Shah who will take a decision which is good for the party, the state and the country," he said.

"The central leadership of the party will decide where it wants to sit in the assembly or how to form the government," he said.

On a question whether BJP would go with National Conference or Peoples Democratic Party, Jaitley said "We will go with the three principles — strengthening national sovereignty, development of this region and maintenance of regional balance." Jaitley described media reports that BJP leadership had held discussions with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on government-formation as "inaccurate." "Some inaccurate reports have appeared in this regard and I would only urge you not to go by the reports which are not accurate," Jaitley said.

Jaitley said even though PDP has got maximum number of seats in the assembly, BJP got the popular vote as its vote percentage was greater as compared to other parties.

"The mandate is for a hung assembly but elections are held for the formation of the government," Jaitley said. "The newly-elected party members of the legislative assembly discussed the issue, like what type of government can be formed in a hung assembly, who will lead the party in the assembly."

He said the newly-elected MLAs reached a consensus that the central leadership of the party, led by Amit Shah, would take the final decision on these issues.