As Sonia Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari meet Mehbooba Mufti; suspense continues over govt formation

The meeting is seen as politically significant as BJP, an ally of PDP, has yet not officially extended support to Mehbooba for the Chief Ministership after Mufti's demise.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: January 11, 2016 7:48 am
sonia gandhi, mehbooba mufti Congress has earlier shared power with PDP between 2002 and 2008, with both parties having their Chief Minister on rotational basis after three years.

While the PDP remained silent on the formation of government in J&K, top central leaders of both the BJP and Congress met party chief Mehbooba Mufti at her residence in Srinagar on Sunday.

A Congress team led by party president Sonia Gandhi, and senior BJP leader and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, separately met Mehbooba at her Fairview residence in Srinagar.

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While Sonia, who was accompanied by party leaders Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad and state Congress leaders, was silent on the meeting, Gadkari said that “they (the BJP) will try to fulfil the dreams” of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

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“The dreams he had and about which our government had assured him, we will definitely try to fulfil them,” Gadkari told reporters later. He said he had come, on behalf of his government and party, to offer condolences to Mehbooba.

“I believe this is not a day to talk about politics,” he said.

Sonia was first to arrive at Mehbooba’s residence in the afternoon and meet her. The meeting lasted for around 20 minutes. While Sonia didn’t talk to reporters, Azad said they had “come only for condolences”.

In fact, Sonia also visited Mufti twice at AIIMS, where he was admitted, and Azad was present for funeral prayers both in Srinagar and Bijbehara, where Mufti was buried.

In her condolence letter to Mehbooba, Sonia described Mufti as a leader who symbolised the “best human values”. “Mufti sahib left us too suddenly, but he will live in our individual and collective memories. He will live as an example of the finest composite traditions of J&K , and the country,” she said in the letter. She said Mufti “cut across party lines” and “belonged to everybody”.

After Sonia’s visit, Gadkari arrived along with former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh and BJP state president Sat Sharma. The meeting between Gadkari and Mehbooba, too, lasted around 20 minutes.

During both meetings, Mehbooba was not accompanied by any party leader, sources said. They said the BJP has been unnerved by Congress’s warming up to the PDP. Sources in the PDP, however, said that the talk about any possibility of an alliance with Congress was “far-fetched”.

“In the past four days, all our leaders have been in mourning. Mehbooba ji hasn’t even come out of her room. There haven’t been any political discussions in the party,” said a PDP leader. “Mufti sahib had taken a decision and we all respect that decision.”

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    Dinesh
    Jan 11, 2016 at 7:47 am
    Madhu you are stupid person
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      Kanu Patel
      Jan 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm
      If Gadhi Family has the courage to face the mess they created in Kashmir ,they should restart their political careers from state politics of Kashmir which was their native. They spoiled Kashmir and now they are willing to spoil the rest of India . But people will not give them the way.
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        Kanu Patel
        Jan 10, 2016 at 6:27 pm
        Soniya is taking political benifits using the weak moments of Mufti family. People know the dirtiest party and its ugliest policies. It is for the Mufti family to know the trap. The trap was adopted in the past for Chaudhri Charansingh and Chadrashekharji.
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          Satendra kumar
          Jan 11, 2016 at 12:49 am
          President Mehmooba mufti governance after death of her father a correct choice for the state and it's soul.
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            Minu
            Jan 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm
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              Neutral
              Jan 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm
              SHUT UP U LIAR, KHANGRESSI
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                Neutral
                Jan 10, 2016 at 1:59 pm
                i doubted from the untimely and sudden death of mufti mohammed, a gentleman, that his death was not natural! khangress and his daughter planned it to pave the way for khangress-pdp govt in jandk what mufti mohammed was objecting!
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                  g k
                  Jan 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm
                  💥🇮🇳💪🎉🎉WHAT A STRANGE. COUNTRY INDIA IS WHERE THESE CORRUPT FAKE UNEDUCATED STUPID HIS ARE CALLED LEADERS AND GIVEN POLICE PROTECTION AND LARGE HOUSES TO LIVE IN FREE WITH PLENTY OF CORRUPT CASH AND PUBLICITY 😎🚶🏻👮👮😇😇😎🚶🏻😂😂😂🚶🏻😎😎🇮🇳😈👺👹HOW GULLIBLE INDIANS ARE WHERE THESE ANTI NATIONAL CORRUPT FAKE UNEDUCATED HIS ARE MADE LEADERS AND GIVEN POLICE PROTECTION AND LARGE HOUSES TO LIVE IN WITH PLENTY OF CORRUPT CASH AND PUBLICITY !!!!!!!!😎🚶🏻👮👮😇😇😎🚶🏻😂😂😂🚶🏻😎😎🇮🇳😈👺👹
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                    Bijan Mohanty
                    Jan 11, 2016 at 7:44 am
                    Kashmir politics has again become interesting. Both BJP and Congress wooing PDP.
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                      Dipak
                      Jan 11, 2016 at 3:34 am
                      The EVIL ITALIAN MAFIA MAID MUST BE THROWN OUT OF INDIA WITH HER BROOD.
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                        Desai R
                        Jan 22, 2016 at 7:33 am
                        Bandito Queeno Italiano threwo some biscuittos on Mufitio. Buto Muftio said 'NO THANKSO' the crook had to hear this and come back to Delhi with a long faco
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                          Gaurav J
                          Jan 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm
                          All the conflicts in India and rest of the world are happening because of some stupid religious supremacy bullsh*t. stan is not going down because of the military dictatorship, it is going down because of religious supremacy, and so will Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,Yemen, Turkey and Israel. Atheists have given great things to the Humanity, most of the prominent scientists and Ministers who shaped the future of India were atheists. Swatantra Veer Sawarkar, the founding father of RSS and Hindutva, was an atheist. We do not have time to fight for religious supremacy when our common enemies, Capitalism and communism are crushing us as we speak.Capitalists and Communists are responsible for inciting hatred among communities to keep us busy fighting while they push forward and implement their hidden agendas. Every time we bicker among ourselves, the enemy profits and grows in power. I urge all people who still have faith in humanity to join hands wit h atheism and everything else that divides us people and unite against our common enemy. After all Hinduism is not a religion anyway, so it'll be easier for hindus to unite. Our bigger challenges are Muslims and Christians. If we want to stay united , we should not pay attention to Mullaahs and Maulawis and Evangelics and Missionaries. These people are the agents of capitalism and communism who incite hatred among people to gain profits and push us towards Communism. And person who strictly follows and wants to convert other people to their religion is an agent of communism and we need to wake up and unite to make India a better place.
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                            harith
                            Jan 10, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                            Sonia ji; it was your motherinlaw's dad, who is responsible for this kashmir mess now and also creation of stan too; this lady mahabooba, was abducted by pak kashmiri terrorists and Indian govt released her@ the cost of national security; his dad was the HM@ that time; now, the net result is her traitorship; Kashmir new CM: indians are not wearing any bangles any more and no one is scared of your rouge terrorism any more; you might be under wrong impression that, you can do what ever you wish and situation continues like this; you are wrong
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                              Hindu
                              Jan 10, 2016 at 4:04 pm
                              TIE, by publishing Sonia's photo has ONCE AGAIN confirmed that this News paper is a P#IMP of hi Family. Both this hi and the MK are GAA##ndoos. Both fooled the Hindus until 2014. Now Congress is supported by Jehadis, PRSSUDES, and of course out-of-job Congressmen like Tewari, Shinde and Chaddi..err..Chiddu.
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                                George Cruz
                                Jan 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm
                                Now that the communal congress party and its incompetent/illiterate dynastic leaders have lost the support of the electorate in the country, Sonia hi is venting her venom against the country/BJP by demonizing the BJP and its leaders. India is a fast developing country in South Asia economically, technologically, its defense capabilities, and need competent/educated leaders and these dynastic leaders like Sonia/Rahul ARE NOT amongst them. These dynastic leaders should be completely defeated/exiled so that the country can make progress without any hindrance.
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                                  madan gupta
                                  Jan 11, 2016 at 12:17 am
                                  अभी नया नया बाप मरा है, सोनिया ने भी दाना डाल दिया है. इस के दिमाघ खराब हो गया है. बीजेपी को भी चुप रहना चाहिए. गवर्नर रूल चलने दो.
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                                    madan gupta
                                    Jan 12, 2016 at 2:38 am
                                    बीजेपी वालो इस के टट्टे चूमना बंद करो.
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                                      Madhu
                                      Jan 11, 2016 at 2:45 am
                                      One may call her 'ITALIAN BARMAID', or 'ITALIAN AU PAIR'. But see her intellectual ability. She is easily the best of all Congress leaders put together. PC may be from Harward, but see how sleepy and dull he is. MMS may be from Cambridge, but he is so slow like a school teacher, reading notes ..that makes you sleep, no charisma. But see Sonia, so dynamic and intelligent. She is the best of the present Congress leaders. Charismatic, bright and intelligent. She is honest basically. Other Coingi leaders placed her in the forefront and they looted, making her sign the papers. She is honest and innocent. Not a single charge against her has been proved. SHE IS AN EUROPEAN AFTER ALL AND FAR SUPERIOR TO OUR LOCAL LEADERS WHO ARE STUPID AND DULL
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                                        Madhu
                                        Jan 11, 2016 at 4:57 am
                                        PLEASE DO NOT KEEP CALLING HER ITALIAN. SHE IS AN INDIAN LIKE YOU AND ME. SHE GOT CONVERTED LONG BACK. SHE IS A GEM. SHE IS BETTER THAN ANY OF THE INDIANS AND INDIAN LEADERS OF CONGRESS. CONGRESS PARTY WOULD HAVE DIED LONG BACK , HAD SHE NOT SACRIFICED HER LIFE AND STA IN THIS FILTHY COUNTRY, AFTER HER HUSBAND WAS KILLED. SHE IS THE SAVIOUR OF CONGRESS AND ALSO SAVIOUR OF INDIA.
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                                          Madhu
                                          Jan 11, 2016 at 4:54 am
                                          SONIAJI is not at all corrupt. The Indian congress party members used her name and made millions. She is innocent. That is why they made her the President so she would sign all papers as these Indians want. So these Indians can make money day in and day out. She is innocent and also her son Rahulji is innocent.
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                                            Hari
                                            Jan 11, 2016 at 3:08 am
                                            All Congress leaders are behaving like slaves of Sonia who have no courage to remove this lady who is enemy of this country and is looting resources of country through corrupt puppets of Congress. The people have to take firm step by ensuring CONGRESS MUKT BHARAT. Only then this country is free from clutches of Italian ruler. In the meantime Modi govt should expedite all pending cases of Sonia family pending in different courts. Otherwise people will rank BJP as equally corrupt like Congress who is anti-national party.
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