J&K deadlock: PDP keeps the guessing game on

RSTV Bureau
Photo – PTI

Photo – PTI

On Sunday, PDP kept the guessing game on over the formation of government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti met senior party leaders but maintained that she will take a call only after being “convinced” that BJP will take the objective of the alliance to its logical conclusion.

Mehbooba, who is seen as the successor to her late father CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, held a four-hour long meeting with party leaders, that included MPs, MLAs, zonal presidents and block presidents. The talks centered around the issue of government formation and “how to take forward Mufti’s vision of peace and development.”

Speculation is on the rise whether fresh polls will be callled in the state which is under Governor’s Rule since January 8, imposed a day after CM Sayeed passed away.

The government formation is not stuck but “it’s a process that will carry on”, said party leader Naeem Akhtar.

Giving details of the meeting, Akhtar said Mehbooba, who has already been authorized by the party to take a decision on government formation, told the meeting that she is “ready to take a call on it once she is convinced that the purpose and the objective of the alliance that Mufti had forged with Prime Minister Narendra Modi” would be taken to its logical conclusion.

“Purpose of that (alliance) was not limited to government formation, but it was to take Jammu and Kashmir out of the trouble that it has faced for most part of its history,” added Akhtar quoting the PDP chief.

For Mufti, the alliance was based on “trust and belief that it will translate into real relief for the people of the state which ultimately would also serve the national interest and also bring peace into the sub-continent between India and Pakistan,” Mehbooba told the meeting held at her residence.

“That is why he (Mufti) always spoke about Indo-Pak relations even on his death bed and the other things which include the economic side of it so that the state is taken out of its problems,” Akhtar said.

Meanwhile, BJP’s patience is wearing thin. Last week in an interview to Rajya Sabha TV MoS PMO Jitendra Singh said it was high time that the PDP announced its leader for the post of CM. He also said that the BJP was not to be blamed for the present logjam in the state.

(With inputs from PTI)