Hakeem Yasin refutes news report of his ‘unconditional support’ to BJP

SRINAGAR – The Peoples Democratic Front chief and legislator from Central Kashmir’s Khan Sahib Constituency – Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen – on Thursday refuted the news reports regarding his ‘unconditional support’ to the Bharatiya Janata Party for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pertinently, a local news agency Kashmir News Service reported on Wednesday that Hakeem Mohammad Yasin said he was in touch with the BJP and would support it, if required for the formation of the State government. The report quoting the news agency appeared in a section of press later, including this website.

According to Yasin, he was quoted out of context. “The bigger parties have a role to play and it is upto them to form the government. But the role of smaller parties is also important like 2002 and we will play our role,” he said in a statement here.

“I am ready to serve people of Kashmir and particularly people of Khansahib constituency in whatever capacity I am asked. I will support any party which is for the betterment and development of Kashmir,” he added.

On the media reports about his offer of support to BJP, Yasin, “Deliberations and discussions over the issue are on and final call is yet to be taken. I am ready to offer support to any government which is for the interests of Kashmiris. I won’t compromise on the interests of Kashmiris at any cost.”

However, he said, that it was in the best interests of Kashmiris that the elected government takes over without any delay. “People have high hopes with their representatives and it is high time that new government is formed which can alleviate the sufferings and miseries of people.”