...May re­lease its J&K man­i­festo on Novem­ber 15

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ■ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The BJP may avoid mak­ing the con­tro­ver­sial Ar­ti­cle 370, pro­vid­ing spe­cial sta­tus to J&K, its main plank in the up­com­ing assem­bly polls.

The party, which is slated to re­lease its elec­tion man­i­festo on Novem­ber 15, will fall back on the tested ‘Modi wave’ and the is­sue of de­vel­op­ment to in­crease its foot­print in the state.

“De­vel­op­ment of the state and the mis­rule of the twin fam­i­lies of Ab­dul­lahs of NC and Muftis of PDP are go­ing to be our main plank,” BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary Ram Mad­hav said.

Mad­hav had re­cently met Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence leader Sajjad Lone and, in a sub­se­quent in­ter­view, he did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of a post-poll tie up.

Many in the party feel a ‘hard-line’ po­si­tion on Ar­ti­cle 370 may not serve pur­pose in the lo­cal polls. “Ar­ti­cle 370 is a na­tional is­sue for us... any decision on the is­sue is vested with the Union gov­ern­ment,” a BJP source said.

Ma­dava re­fused to com­ment when asked about the ref­er­ence to Ar­ti­cle 370 in BJP’s man­i­festo.

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