PDP yet to decide on Govt formation; BJP still hopeful

RSTV Bureau
Bijbehara (J&K): PDP president Mehbooba Mufti at the grave of her father and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during congregational prayers on the ocassion of his fourth mourning day in Bijbehara, January 10, 2016. Photo - PTI

Bijbehara (J&K): PDP president Mehbooba Mufti at the grave of her father and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during congregational prayers on the ocassion of his fourth mourning day in Bijbehara, January 10, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The suspense over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continues with PDP maintaining silence and opting to “review” the work done during the 10 months of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led PDP-BJP coalition government. On the other side, the BJP is keenly waiting for the ‘first’ move over the government formation by its coalition partner PDP.

“Mufti Sahib had a vision for making Jammu and Kashmir a modern state. Due to his death, his vision is yet to be realised. The party under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti will need to review how much we have succeeded to fulfil Mufti Sahib’s vision so far,” senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar told the press in Srinagar.

The PDP leader’s statement came as the seven-day state mourning for Mufti Mohammad Sayeed ended Wednesday. The J&K government had announced a seven-day mourning following demise of the sitting Chief Minister on January 7 at AIIMS in New Delhi.

“The party will assess whether our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who has a massive mandate of the country, has taken any decisions on it,” Akhtar added.

FILE: Srinagar: FILE photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed waves to the crowd during a public rally at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Photo - PTI

FILE: Srinagar: FILE photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed waves to the crowd during a public rally at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
Photo – PTI

Detailing further on the seeming churn within the PDP over the government formation, Akhtar said that his party’s main aim was not power but to represent people of Jammu and Kashmir to fulfil their rights and expectations, adding “We (PDP) have not yet begun the formal process of consultations on government formation in the state. A decision on the issue can only be taken after the consultations get underway”.

The senior PDP leader, however, refused to comment whether the PDP will continue its alliance with the BJP or look at other alternatives as well while speaking to the press.

On its part, PDP’s partner BJP is hoping for a forward movement on the government formation in the state which is under Governor’s rule since last Friday.

“We had received a letter from the Governor asking us about our views on the government formation. I said that the coalition partner PDP needs to take the call,” BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told reporters after meeting Governor NN Vohra.

“The way the situation is. They need time and we are giving them. We feel the positive results will come very soon in next few days,” Nirmal Singh said insisting there should not be any doubts over the future of the coalition.

The delay in government formation has led to speculation about a possible renegotiation on the terms and conditions for the alliance to continue between the PDP and the BJP.

(With inputs from the PTI)