As Mehbooba takes time on J&K govt formation, BJP admits to ‘a delay’

In the 87-member J&K House, the PDP has 28 seats (now 27 following Sayeed’s death), BJP 25, NC 15, Congress 12 and others 7.

Written by Bashaarat Masood , Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2016 3:57 am
 J&K, mehbooba mufti, PDP and BJP, BJP in kashmir, BJP and PDP alliance, BJP and PDP alliance in J&K, ram madhav, power sharing between BJP and PDP in kashmir, J&K news With the mourning period over, BJP expects political discussion within PDP to start.

Maintaining it was keen to continue its coalition with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP admitted Monday that “there is a delay” in the power-sharing arrangement.

Some BJP leaders indicated that the party could seek to redefine its alliance before Mehbooba Mufti takes over as Chief Minister — her father and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died in New Delhi on January 7 and Governor’s rule is in place in the state.

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BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told The Indian Express: “There is a delay. But the process (of discussions) could begin in two days. We are in touch with each other.” Madhav rejected speculation on uncertainty about the coalition and dismissed reports that both parties have put up fresh conditions. He said no political discussion has started since Mehbooba, who he has already met, continues to be in mourning.

The PDP also maintained that there was no deadlock. It said the government-formation process had been delayed because Mehbooba was still to “come out of shock”. “There is no stalemate,” said Altaf Bukhari, a senior PDP leader who was a minister in the Sayeed government. “We must understand that a daughter has lost her father and a party has lost its leader. It may be true that in the past 20 years, we have got immune to death but we have some traditions. It (the delay) is just normal.”

PDP sources said rumours about a PDP-BJP deadlock began doing the rounds after Congress president Sonia Gandhi called on Mehbooba last Sunday. “It was a condolence meeting,” a senior party leader said. “The media is reading too much into it. Even the Congress has clarified that is was just a condolence meeting.”

Sonia Gandhi, accompanied by Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad, visited the Fairview residence of the Muftis and met Mehbooba for about 20 minutes. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari too met Mehbooba Sunday.

Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said the party is yet to start a process for government formation in the state. “We have not discussed it yet. When the process starts, the decision will lie with the president of the party,” he said, adding that he would not like to comments on rumours of a deadlock with the BJP.

BJP sources, however, said the party wants to review some points in the Common Minimum Programme, the roadmap prepared for the coalition and some changes in the state cabinet.

“Since the state is now under Governor’s rule, there is scope for full-fledged government formation. So the BJP and PDP to have a re-look at the cabinet,” a senior BJP leader said.

What worries the BJP is also the temperament of Mehbooba. “The BJP was very comfortable with Mufti Saab. Mehbooba is not Mufti Saab. So we need to guarantee that our interests are also protected before the new government comes in,” the leader said.

In the 87-member J&K House, the PDP has 28 seats (now 27 following Sayeed’s death), BJP 25, NC 15, Congress 12 and others 7.

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    Sirius
    Jan 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm
    BJP exercised patience in forming the coalition with PDP with Mr. Mufti at helm. It must do the same again to renew the coalition with Ms. Mehbooba at helm. But, BJP should not compromise on the CMP or make unreasonable demands. Its presence in govt. is required for the narrative to be pro-nation ....
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      PagaleshYadav
      Jan 12, 2016 at 7:10 am
      can pappy give details of his europe visit
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        Arun
        Jan 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm
        Modi is a failure. PDP should dump RSS and make alternate arrangement, if it wishes to grow.
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          Arun
          Jan 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm
          What is his achievement ? Absolute zero. The only achievement of his being a good puppet of Mohan Bhagwat. Modiji promised in 2014 before the Lok Sabha elections about putting Rs 15 lakh of black money parked in foreign banks in every citizen’s account within 100 days of becoming PM of India. How much did you receive ?
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            Arun
            Jan 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm
            Why are you so curious ? No one is curious about the personal life of Modi.
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              Bijan Mohanty
              Jan 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm
              It is a miracle how BJP and PDP who are diametrically opposite in their ideologies can stick together. Politics creates strange bedfellows.
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                Karunakaran
                Jan 12, 2016 at 2:57 am
                It is fairly evident the PDP has seen the terrible consequences as a result of partnership with BJP. The Central Government is entirely run by the PMO, and not by the parliament. The Parliament, where all matters should be discussed, hardly knows what is happening. Because, the crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai, cannot speak. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai, only knows how to do the drama-queen acting for the invited cheering supporters (mostly Gujjus), but he cannot speak. So the Central Government is run by the PMO, not by the Parliament. PDP has seen the result of Delhi elections, the result of Bihar elections, the result of Gujarat elections, and the result of even Madhya Pradesh elections. Most voters have deserted the BJP and the drama-queen, crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai. So PDP's future can only be with the Congress party. Congress party is sincere. No false promises like those of the crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai.
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                  Karunakaran
                  Jan 12, 2016 at 10:24 pm
                  The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, and his equally uneducated cabinet colleagues are letting down India very badly. They have no education. They have no abilities to prevent the free-fall of India's economy. In the past India was fortunate to have such genius economists as Mr Manmohan Singh. But the 31% of the voters who brought the dokhla-bhai to power have created a huge problem for India. India must prepare itself for the next Lok Sabha elections. Send the selfie-chaser Gujjubhai back to selling chai and dokhla at the railway stations. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
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                    SurajParkash
                    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:43 am
                    Sending flowers by all other parties to Mufti Sayeed is understandable, but why must BJP outsmart others specially when Mufti has put up a condition of promise of Section 370 to be retained, a debateable point, specially when this clause alone has become the biggest reason of under development of JandK. And yet more shocking is why is BJP not insisting to BJP to ure resettlement of Hindus, long thrown out from the valley ? Her father never ever bothered on this count, even when he was in opposition, nor when he became CM with the full istance of BJP. Just for to stick to seats of power, why must BJP forget its loud and clear slogan during elections times to get Hindus back to the original homes. It is much ore chocking that in Hindu majority country, Hindus alone are treated worse than criminals, and enemies, as also in Bengal, where for a simple debatable statement the 50,000 or some claim as 2 lac muslims took out an outrage damaging bazaars, public properties, and even smashed the entire police station. And there is not the slightest action against these goons, simply because they are the vote banks of Mamta, and even BJP Fact finding team was thrown out even to enter the place of horrible incidence. When we listen to extempore extremely judicious and intelligent speeches like one given in Sikkim, with far flung visions of good things to come to Sikkim, why Modi becomes so sharp intelligent and creative thinker but when it comes to sticking to power simply forgets grave long pending injustice to JandK Hindus, and same thing being repeated in Malda. It is hoped and expected that Hindus, if not treated above others, must also not be treated inferior to minority communities, any where in Hindu majority India. What is long list of think tanks doing in BJP, if they cannot treat Hindus at least at par in India Suraj Parkash Tuteja 9315879780
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                      gobind
                      Jan 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                      PAPPU SAFELY BACK FROM EUROPE AFTER HAVING A GREAT TIME DURING THE X-MAS/NEW YEAR BREAK. FROM TOMORO UNTIL HIS NEXT HOLIDAY HIS MOMMY WILL NOW IGN HIM THE JOB OF CREATING NOTHING BUT TROUBLE AND ANARCHY AND BEING THE MOMMA'S BOY THAT HE IS HE WILL OBEDIENTLY FOLLOW
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                        gobind
                        Jan 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                        PDP/BJP ALLIANCE DID NOT WORK WELL EVEN WHEN MUFTI WAS ALIVE AND NOW THAT MEHBOOBA IS AT THE HELM THE CHANCES OF THIS ALLIANCE LASTING LONG IS MORE OR LESS NIL. I FEEL THE STAGE IS ET FOR GOVERNOR'S RULE BEING IMPOSED IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS THE MOST
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                          gobind
                          Jan 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                          WHAT MAKES YOU BELIEVE THAT MODI IS A FAILURE? THINK POSITIVE MR.ARUN AND LOOK AT HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20 MONTHS IN OFFICE AND YOU WILL THEN NOT BE SO PESSIMISTIC
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                            PRASHANT KAMAL
                            Jan 12, 2016 at 4:33 am
                            Mehbooba Mufti is not as big a political personality as his father was and hence BJP is very write in asking for re-look into understanding. This is the time BJP ask for rotation based CM system in JandK.
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                              madan gupta
                              Jan 15, 2016 at 1:35 am
                              एक बार इसकी मोदी से बंद कमरे में बात होनी चाहिए शायद कोई हल निकल आये.
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                                Indian
                                Jan 13, 2016 at 4:45 am
                                Blind can judge what is happening around, but jealous just blind they can't see the good only they can see the bad.
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                                  Indian
                                  Jan 13, 2016 at 4:47 am
                                  He may be gone to meet muslims migrates of gulf.
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                                    Indian
                                    Jan 15, 2016 at 5:39 am
                                    She is another Mayawati, BJP must understand and must keep this in mind.
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                                      Indian
                                      Jan 13, 2016 at 4:42 am
                                      Sonia gone to meet Mehbooba to play her dirty political game. nothing else.
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                                        SAIFUL HAQUE
                                        Jan 14, 2016 at 7:01 am
                                        The delay in Re-Consuting of govt. in JandK on the part of Mehbooba Sayeed is unfortunate also some BJP MLA’s suggestion of rotational CM was unfortunate. Her father’s instint as Home Minister in Indian Uion govt., a rarest opportunity for a muslim certainly had more experience and wisdom to go the BJP way. The other option to go the Congress has been tried and tested and the result Kashmiris have seen in 65 years. The first thing a Kashmiris see is how Indian Army interact and behaves with the Kashmiris m. There had been many instance in which Army officers/Jawans acted wrongly and brutally in the innocent killing/encouters which inquiry showed was correct but no action was taken in a single case during Congress rule in Centre and state.BJP’s Modi govt. in the very 6 months acted in 2 cases and punishment acted. It is unfortunate that Kashmir’s corrupt intellectual elite never explain such a big act to it’s mes. To attribute recent communal incidents to Modi is fallacious and an error. The greater good results of PDP-BJP alliance govt. cannot come out in 10 months. In this background Mufti Sayeed,s death has created a void and made Kashmir’s future uncertain. Congress is bent on exploiting this situation though in a subtle manner. It is time Mehbooba Sayeed remove uncertainy goes ahead with the alliance without delay . History will not forgive Mehbooba if she let down her father’s wisdom.
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                                          brahma
                                          Jan 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm
                                          We can not compare the achievements of Modi with the achievements of corrupt Congress rule.
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                                            Atul
                                            Jan 12, 2016 at 5:24 am
                                            I think in the first instance BJP should not have aligned with the PDP because the latter is for a separate Kashmir which we can't agree and moreover all said and done it has pro Pak agenda.
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