PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is likely to visit Delhi on Monday to deliberate with her party leaders the future of government formation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. PDP and BJP ran an over 10-month coalition government before the demise of sitting CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January early this year. Since then, there hasn’t been much of headway with both the alliance partner unable to arrive at the decision on government formation.
Even the meeting between Mehbooba Mufti and BJP president Amit Shah failed to end the deadlock between the two parties, which enjoys 53 seats in 87-member house.
According to reports, Mehbooba Mufti, in her tipped visit to the national capital is likely to call a meeting of senior party leaders to clear the “misgivings” about the stalemate over government formation.
On the other hand, the BJP leadership reiterated its commitment to the ‘agenda of governance’ in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We stand fully committed as far as agenda of governance is concerned,” Union Finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley told the press on the issue of government formation in J&K.
However, series of parleys between the BJP and PDP hasn’t warmed up the prospects of government formation. And it has only got hazy after the latest meet between the their respective party presidents – Mehbooba and Amit Shah — on Thursday last week.
Lending the hint of future picture, BJP MLA Ravinder Raina said the party will “never” accept new conditions for alliance put forth by Mehbooba Mufti.
“Several PDP legislators who are in favour of the formation of the government in the state and who also don’t want midterm polls in the state are in touch with the BJP leadership for the formation of the government,” Raina told the press in Jammu.
On the other hand, PDP has claimed that there were no new demands made by it but it only wanted assurances on a timeframe for implementation of the “Agenda of Alliance” agreed between the two parties last year. The two ideologically disparate political parties had cobbled up an alliance government on March 1, 2015 after the assembly polls threw a scattered picture.
“BJP is trying to give an impression that the PDP is making some new demands for the government formation which is not true. We only want implementation of the agenda of alliance. These misgivings have to be cleared,” sources in the PDP told the news agency.
“All that Mehbooba wants to ensure is that the promises made to her father in terms of political initiatives and economic progress of the state see the light of the day,” her partymen added.
(With inputs from the Agencies)