Mufti meets Modi in Delhi; Hope of resolution rises

RSTV Bureau
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti meets PM Modi in Delhi on March 22, 2016.  Picture Courtesy: ANI_news/Twitter

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti meets PM Modi in Delhi on March 22, 2016.
Picture Courtesy: ANI_news/Twitter

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi regarding the stalemate over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. After Mufti called the meeting ‘very positive’, it is speculated that the two and a half month old deadlock between the BJP and the PDP may be resolved.

Mehbooba drove to the Prime Minister’s residence on Tuesday morning barely three days after PDP and BJP had hit a major road block. Three days ago, BJP’s chief interlocutor Ram Madhav announced that his party will not accept any fresh demands from its erstwhile ally PDP.

“We are seeing a stalemate for last two to three months over government formation in the state but today I am satisfied. I am very satisfied,” Mufti told reporters in Delhi after a thirty minute long meeting with the PM.

When asked if the stalemate has ended, she replied, “When you meet the Prime Minister of the country, naturally the solution to the problems faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir is more clear”.

Mufti is said to hold a crucial meeting with her party legislators in Srinagar on Thursday which will probably decide whether or not to go ahead and form a government with the BJP in the state.

“I had been authorised by the party MLAs to take a decision. I have convened a meeting on Thursday and after that we will announce the future course of action.”

“There is a particular place to make such anouncements. I will go back to Srinagar and take the next step,” she added.

Mehbooba arrived in Delhi on Monday after PDP made it clear to the BJP that there was some miscommunication as no fresh demands had been raised by the party for stitching an alliance.

This is her second visit to the national capital in five days after her talks with BJP President Amit Shah last week failed to make any headway.

In an effort to continue the alliance after J&K CM, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s death, the BJP made repeated assertions that it was committed to implement Sayeed’s Agenda of Alliance.

PDP has 27 MLAs and the BJP has 25 MLAs in the 87-member state Assembly.

PDP and BJP had formed an alliance on March 1, last year with Sayeed as the Chief Minister. Both the sides had formed an Agenda of Alliance which sought to address internal and external dimension of the state.

PDP had toughened its stance after Sayeed’s demise by seeking concrete plans for the state’s development, including handing over of power projects to the state and vacation of land by the army before the coalition could be revived.

Governor’s rule was imposed in J&K on January 8 after Mehbooba decided not to take over the reins after her father’s death.

Meanwhile, National Conference leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah met the Governor on two days ago and told him his party prefers mid-term polls over horse-trading.

“I hope she meets the Prime Minister and the government is formed so that we can take the role of an effective opposition party. We have prepared ourselves for the role of opposition for six years,” Omar had said after meeting Governor NN Vohra.

(With inputs from PTI)