Expressing his appreciation for the fact that RSS leader and BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav met him in Srinagar recently, he said: “The national party that dominated the political scene in Kashmir was Congress and they have confined themselves to Abdullah family and Mufti family. Here is the change. There is another national party which is in power and whose national leaders come to Kashmir and meet people like Sajjad Lone. This is why it seemed strange to people because it hasn’t happened earlier,’’ he said. “I have been in politics for 12 years and I have rarely met Congress leaders even socially. They were not interested in people like me. So if a national leader of BJP shows some respect, the least I can do is to reciprocate that”.
Lone’s remarks come when the BJP, expecting a landslide in Jammu’s Hindu-majority areas, is working to establish a loose coalition of parties and individuals especially from among Muslims in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu’s hilly districts.