After a long logjam, it seems that Jammu and Kashmir will get the new government in next few days.
The clarity comes after Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end the deadlock over the formation of the government in the state.
The meeting, which lasted for half an hour, appeared to be the final step to sought out the differences between BJP and PDP.
Mehbooba, while talking to reporters, said:
“It was a good and positive meeting. I am satisfied now.”
Earlier, Mehbooba wanted concrete assurances from BJP on the transfer of central power projects to J&K and on implementation of the ‘Agenda For Alliance’ in a pragmatic way.
Mehbooba returned to Srinagar amid reports that her talks with BJP president Amit Shah had failed and also, BJP took hard stand that the new government will not be formed on conditions.
However, she has called a meeting of her legislature party on Thursday to elect a new leader and discuss the government formation.
The PDP chief, tipped to take over the reins of the coalition government, will be the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
The two parties, whose ideologies are totally opposite, formed an alliance in March last year. The coalition government ruled the state for 10 months until the death of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.
The Governor’s rule was imposed in J&K on January 8 and, since then, both the parties have been talking to reach any successful agreement on the formation of the new government.
The political observers said that Mehbooba would never take risk of going back for fresh elections. In Kashmir, there was anger when Mufti joined hands with BJP.
PDP took so much time to bargain with BJP like to handover the power projects to J&K and to remove the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA) from peaceful ares, so that they can win some goodwill of the people.
However, NC leader and former CM Omar Abdullah said, “She rushed to Delhi in a last-ditch effort to save her party.”