BJP And PDP Begin Talks For Government Formation In Jammu And Kashmir

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2:26 pm 18 Feb, 2016

It looks like people of Jammu and Kashmir will soon get a government of BJP-PDP alliance. The stalemate between the BJP and PDP is likely to end as BJP general secretary Ram Madhav met PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar.

The meeting between the two leaders was held for an hour at Mehbooba’s Fairview residence on Gupkar road in Srinagar.

Madhav arrived in Srinagar in a chartered plane and was received by BJP’s state leaders at the airport from where he drove straight to Mehbooba’s residence.

Sources told TopYaps News that the meeting was held to carry forward the ‘Agenda Of Alliance’ between the two parties and make some concrete steps to implement it on the ground level.

According to sources, the BJP is thinking of returning two hydro-power projects from NHPC to the state. A PDP leader said that the stage is all set for the formation of next government.

Sources said that the BJP has agreed on the “conditions” put forth by the PDP chief and the formal announcement for the new government formation will be announced soon.

It was the first crucial meeting between the two parties over the formation of the government. The state is currently under the Governor Rule after the death of its chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Party leaders have not shared any details with media about the meeting but it is believed that that it was the first serious meeting to end the 40-day deadlock in the formation of the government.

Sources said that Madhav has come with assurances from the saffron party’s high command about the offer which they can offer to the PDP.

Madhav returned to Delhi to inform the BJP about the discussions which was held with the PDP  president.

But according to a media report, Madhav conveyed to Mehbooba Mufti about the centre’s willingness to lift Armed Forces Special Power Acts (AFSPA) on the trial basis from Jammu and Kashmir as well the return of two power projects. The report quoting the sources from BJP said that centre might agree to lift AFSPA from Srinagar and Kathua district in the first phase on a trial basis.

The report further states that the removal of AFSPA and the handing over of the power projects – Dulhasti in Kishtwar and Uri in Baramulla – were part of the agenda for alliance or the common minimum programme agreed on by PDP and BJP last February. BJP won’t edit or redraft the agenda of alliance in any circumstances .

While talking to TopYaps News, Senior BJP leader and former Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said that talks are going in a positive way and the formation of government will take place very soon.

When this reporter asked him that has PDP put any new conditions before the BJP, he replied saying “no.” We are looking forward to carry the agenda of alliance. They have not put any new conditions. Whatever will be in the agenda of alliance we will make our best efforts to implement it.”

Replying to question that why it took so much time in the formation of government in the state, he said, “As 40-days of mourning period was over, talks have started. They were mourning the death of Mufti Shaib.”


Former chief minister Omar Abdullah took the dig on both the parties and tweeted.

Haseeb Drabu, senior PDP leader, and Madhav had drafted the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) last year before the formation of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Madhav was scheduled to come to Srinagar on February 15, but he cancelled his visit after the death of two students by government forces in Pulwama.

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