J&K govt formation: Mehbooba Mufti in Delhi for ‘crucial’ talks with PM Modi

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to end the impasse over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. The PDP leader arrived at 7 Race Course Road this morning.

Written by Bashaarat Masood , Arun Sharma | Srinagar/jammu | Updated: March 22, 2016 10:46 am
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With the BJP not ready to meet her conditions until the PDP returns the alliance to power in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti left for New Delhi Monday and is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Tuesday is very crucial,” a senior PDP leader told The Indian Express on Monday. “A final call on government formation will likely be taken tomorrow.”

While the BJP has said it will not accept new conditions for government formation, the PDP has maintained it only wants the BJP to “respect the Agenda of Alliance” between the two when they got together in the state a year ago to form a government.

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NC leader Omar Abdullah, who met Governor N N Vohra in Jammu Monday, told reporters that his party was not in favour of fresh polls in the state but he would prefer that over horse-trading.

“For God’s sake, decide yes or no. The state has been waiting for a government for the last two and half months,” Omar said. “We are ready to sit in the opposition if they (PDP and BJP) are ready to form the government. In the event of their not coming together, and if PDP does not take the support of Congress, then polls are the only option left,” he said.

“There is an effort right now to gather support independent of Mehbooba Mufti. I think rushing to Delhi is her last ditch effort to save her party because she realises if she does not form the government on the terms and conditions set by BJP, her party will split and if her party splits, then she will be in a much weaker position than she is today,” he said.

Meanwhile, independent legislator Engineer Rashid met Mehbooba Mufti. “Yes, I met her,” Rashid told The Indian Express. “I was there to offer condolences (on Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death). I think, you should not read more into this meeting”.

But the meeting fuelled speculation that efforts were also on to look at a possible non-BJP government — PDP with support of the Congress and independents — in the state. The PDP is under pressure from many of its own MLAs not to give up power, especially at a time when the party’s popularity has taken a knocking.

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  1. S
    Mar 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    So ? But, that will still be the correct way to go, as per consutional propriety ...
    1. S
      Mar 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm
      Unfortunate situation created by PDP's bargaining. BJP cannot accept the conditions set by PDP. It should not try to break PDP, as that is not likely to work beyond short term. O think elections are the only recourse left ...
      1. T
        Mar 22, 2016 at 5:58 am
        let us wait and watch Amit makes PDP chief dance or he dances to Mehbooba tunes
        1. Er Mohammad Tass
          Mar 22, 2016 at 5:38 am
          BJP knows if it will go for fresh election it will meet the fate it met in Delhi last year.
          1. K
            Mar 22, 2016 at 2:49 am
            Ms Mehbooba ji, go with Congress and others who can support you. But are you sure you will get all easily from the Centre what you are insisting now brief ore forming the Government. PDP know that there is no easy way that to go with BJP
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