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Nothing new about separatists' poll boycott calls: Ram Madhav

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

There is nothing new in poll boycott calls made by separatists in Kashmir, BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav said today as he asked people to vote in large numbers.

"There is nothing new about it. Separatists have been giving such calls every time elections are round the corner. They have done the same thing now," Ram Madhav said while talking to reporters here.

Asked about the call by separatist leaders for the boycott of upcoming bypolls in and Anantnag seats, Madhav said, "We also do the same thing and appeal to the voters to come out in large numbers and participate in the elections".

He said people should vote for whichever candidate they like as democracy is a celebration and everybody should participate in this celebration.

On whether the would contest the bypolls, Madhav felt that a mutually acceptable decision should be taken after consultations with the PDP, the party's alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We had suggested to the leadership of the coalition partners and PDP that they should sit and talk to each other. PDP should talk to the state leadership here and after that today or tomorrow the (BJP) central leadership will take a decision," Madhav said.

"Let the two parties sit and talk to each other first. had fought on all the six in elections earlier and after that in assembly elections too", he added.

The PDP has already announced its candidates for the two seats but the is yet to field any nominees. The rival parties, the and Congress would be contesting the elections as an allies and have shared one seat each.

"Whether has very less votes and what decision is to be taken in account of that vote bank, the two parties should hold discussions to talk each other and both should be satisfied that should be the way out," Madhav told reporters.

The leader had earlier held meetings with state party leaders here on their opinion about the by-elections for two seats and legislative council polls.

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First Published: Sat, March 18 2017. 17:07 IST