The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), part of the ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, has authorized its president Mehbooba Mufti to take a final call on the formation of government in the state. Jammu and Kashmir is under Governor’s Rule as the process of new government
formation following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is taking some time. Mehbooba, after chairing the first meeting of the party’s core group, gave signals at continuing the alliance with the BJP.
Members who were present at the party meet told TopYaps that she believed that the decisions taken by her father will be implemented in letter and spirit.
Sources in the PDP further told TopYaps that Mehbooba Mufti is in no hurry to form the government in the state. They said consultations and suggestions are being taken from everyone to arrive at a final call which will be taken by Mehbooba Mufti.
According to sources, the party will take a hard stand on the agenda of the alliance. They will now ask BJP to fulfill the requirements before forming the new government in the state.
Members from the party have been given a task to start backchannel talks with BJP for assurances about the demands which PDP has made to people during elections.
The party has taken this tough stand because BJP cannot afford to lose them and remain out of the government particularly after the debacle in Bihar elections.
The elections proved to be huge setback for BJP and for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he was the face of party in the elections.
However, PDP leaders have expressed satisfaction over the improving India-Pakistan ties despite the occasional hiccups and said fostering Indo-Pak relations was one of Mufti’s dreams. The meeting held at Mehbooba’s Fairview residence at Gupkar road started at 2:15 pm and lasted till 6:45 pm and most of the time it was devoted to paying tributes to the PDP founder and the two-time chief minister for his vision of politics and development.
Two Members of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Tariq Hameed Kara also attended the meeting. Both are senior party leaders and considered to be the ‘rebels’ in the party. They had given statements in the media against the BJP-PDP alliance in the state
. Meanwhile, National Conference Working President and former chief minister Omar Abdullah criticized PDP alliance with BJP and has called for fresh elections.
After the meeting of PDP, he tweeted. On its part, the BJP said it would form the government in J&K with the Peoples Democratic Party “rather than exploring other possibilities.” “As far as BJP is concerned, we are not exploring any other option,” said leader of BJP and former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.
BJP leader Nirmal Singh with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. blogs
When asked whether the BJP would accept Mehbooba Mufti as the chief minister of the coalition, he said the party doesn’t have any objection as it has already consent to Mehbooba Mufti’s name as the chief minister of the state. On opposition’s demand for dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and holding fresh election, Dr Singh said “there is no probability of fresh elections in this situation.”