Ram Vilas Paswan (file photo)
The results of the Jammu and Kashmir polls are an indication that the BJP is no longer an 'untouchable', Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan said.
"The Jammu and Kashmir elections has proved that the BJP has not remained untouchable for anybody-- People's Democratic Party (PDP) or National Conference. All want alliance with the BJP," the minister told reporters in Kochi.
Mr Paswan, who was in Kochi for a review meeting of the functioning of Central Warehousing Corporation and Food Corporation of India (FCI) yesterday, said the fact that the BJP managed to get 25 seats in Jammu and Kashmir shows that people wanted development.
Asked about Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP Chief Mayawati being unhappy over late Kanshi Ram not being considered for 'Bharat Ratna', country's highest civilian honour, he said Kanshi Ram is not the only Dalit leader.
"Why only Kanshi Ram? He was only a leader of the BSP and since he was Mayawati's mentor she wanted him to be considered," Mr Paswan said.