New Demands Cannot Be The Conditions To Form Government In J&K, Says BJP

The process of government formation in Jammu and Kashmir has received a major setback with BJP ruling it out on the basis of conditions.

The party said that any demands from the PDP could only be met after the new government is formed in the state. The development comes following a meeting of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and BJP chief Amit Shah in New Delhi.

 BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said that the stalemate that existed earlier continued and that conditions cannot be the basis for government formation.

Madhav said:

“There is no progress. As far as we are concerned there is no change in conditions that existed when Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was the Chief Minister. The only change is that Mufti Saheb is no longer there and it was for PDP to appoint a new leader and carry on”.
Commenting about the new demands put forward by the PDP chief, Madhav said that it is clear terms that “whatever fresh has to be done has to be done after the government formation”.
He said:

“The first thing is that no new demand is acceptable to us and the second thing is that if there are new demands then it can be taken up once a new government takes over. A state government always has a right to make demands to the Centre. A government cannot be formed on the basis of conditions”.

Talking about late Mufti Sayeed, BJP General Secretary said that he did not have any demand as the chief minister and did not ask for anything more.

“Unfortunately, he passed away. Where Mufti sahab left, we should move ahead from there”.

PDP senior leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig said that his party has set no new conditions before the BJP over continuing the alliance.

He said that the two parties should remove the misunderstandings between them and resume consultations on government formation.

On the other side, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir tweeted:

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