BJP has role in governing Kashmir for first time

February 24, 2015 3:08 PM

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BJP has role in governing Kashmir for first time

SRINAGAR (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will for the first time have a role in governing the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir, at the heart of nearly seven decades of hostility with Pakistan, officials said.

Modi, who stormed to power in May, 2014, personally addressed election rallies in the northern state in the run-up to the vote last December, aiming to bring the heavily militarised Himalayan region into the mainstream, a long-running goal of his right-wing party.

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