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BJP wants to play kingmaker in Kashmir

Although the BJP's Mission-44 in Jammu and Kashmir is aimed at winning half the number of seats in the 87-member Assembly, the party sees itself as a kingmaker rather than the king himself. A senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader told The Hindu that though the BJP was realistic about its prospects in next month’s elections, it wants a situation where the party will decide government formation. “We want a situation in which no government can be formed in the state without the BJP playing a decisive role,” the RSS leader said.

RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi will visit the State next week, sources said. The BJP estimates that it can win up to 25 seats in the Jammu region. The party’s strategy is to consolidate itself in Jammu and Ladakh while engineering a split in the Muslim vote.

“Muslims no longer consider the BJP untouchable. We have given more tickets to Muslims in the Valley this time,” BJP MP and state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna said. Mr Khanna added that the party’s campaign would focus on “development for all and against dynastic politics.”

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