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 Liz Mathew , Bashaarat Masood | 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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  1. S
    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 ....
  2. P
    Jan 12, 2016 at 7:10 am
    can pappy give details of his europe visit
  3. A
    Jan 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    Modi is a failure. PDP should dump RSS and make alternate arrangement, if it wishes to grow.
  4. A
    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 ?
  5. A
    Jan 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm
    Why are you so curious ? No one is curious about the personal life of Modi.
  6. B
    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.
  7. K
    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.
  8. K
    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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