Denying that the BJP was involved in the current political crisis in Karnataka, the party general secretary Ram Madhav on Monday said that the current situation has developed due to infighting in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government.

Talking to media persons, Madhav said; “Whatever is happening in Karnataka is happening because of the ambitions of certain leaders of their own parties. There are leaders who are engineering dissent in the two parties. BJP has no involvement. We are just watching,” he said when asked about the Congress blaming BJP for the political crisis in the state.

“The Congress-JD(S) coalition was against the wishes of people. Their infighting has created this issue,” Madhav said.

The 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government plunged into crisis following the resignation of their 11 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly on 6 June.

Madhav said, “Congress is leaderless and rudderless. I don’t want to comment on the internal situation of the party.”

When asked about Hurriyat Conference saying it was ready for talks with the Centre to discuss insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir, Madhav said that Hurriyat Conference cannot dictate terms and time of the talks.

“Hurriyat is not in a position to dictate the government of India when to hold talks and when not to hold talks. There was an offer given to them by the then government and a special interlocutor was appointed at that time but Hurriyat was not willing to talk. They cannot dictate terms and time of the talks.”

Repeating BJP’s stance on Article 370, Ram Madhav said that the Modi-led government is committed to repealing the provision which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that the BJP was appealing to the Election Commission of India to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this year.

The National Conference suffered a setback as some of its senior leaders of the Rajouri and Poonch districts joined the BJP in the presence of Madhav.