PDP alliance with BJP unpopular, have to reassess: Mehbooba Mufti

In Delhi, a senior BJP leader said the party’s central leadership was “unimpressed” by the delay in government formation, and that it would harden its stance.

Written by Bashaarat Masood , Liz Mathew | Srinagar/new Delhi | Updated: February 1, 2016 9:27 am
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More than three weeks after the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the stalemate over government formation in Jammu & Kashmir continued with the PDP and BJP hardening their stand on continuing their alliance.

After PDP leaders met in Srinagar on Sunday, for the second time after Mufti’s death on January 7, party chief Mehbooba Mufti broke her silence on the alliance, saying that “if the government is to be formed, the Centre has to address the core political and economic” issues.

Addressing her party’s leaders and legislators, Mehbooba also said — for the first time — that her father’s decision to ally with the BJP was an “unpopular” move. She accused the BJP of “overt and covert” sabotage and suggested that the PDP would have to “reassess” the coalition.

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In Delhi, a senior BJP leader said the party’s central leadership was “unimpressed” by the delay in government formation, and that it would harden its stance.

Mehbooba, meanwhile, said her party “can’t form the government just for the sake of power”.

“While real progress has been made towards good governance, there was little movement forward on the implementation of political and economic initiatives… Mufti sahib took a courageous though unpopular decision in the hope that the Central government will take decisive measures to address core political and economic issues. Unfortunately, certain quarters, both within J&K and in New Delhi, started overtly and covertly triggering frequent controversies,” she said.

“In this atmosphere, we will have to reassess whether we can absorb the shocks, which Mufti sahib had to do frequently… PDP will have to reassess whether the Central government is ready to trust the people of J&K and carry out implementation of Agenda of Alliance.”

Sources said that during the PDP meeting, some lower-rung leaders wanted the party to snap ties with BJP but some legislators argued against such a move.

Sources quoted senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig as saying that the party should let Mehbooba take the final call. Beig also told party leaders that the Opposition was creating an RSS scare in the valley. “When (NCP leader) Omar Abdullah himself was a minister (in the previous NDA government), he was silent on it,” Beig told leaders.

Dissident Tariq Hameed Karra, said to be “out of station” was the only senior leader to skip the Sunday meet held at the Muftis’ Fairview residence.

Sources added that the stalemate is likely to continue as there were “no hints or feelers” from BJP on assurances sought by the party.

In Dehi, a senior BJP leader said, “We are completely unimpressed by the way in which Mehbooba Mufti is handling matters. Why should the PDP ask for a reassurance now? In 10 months, Mufti sahib never sought any reassurance. She (Mehbooba) has not sat on the (CM’s) chair even for a day, but wants a reassurance?”

The leader added, “In that case, BJP should also have asked for some assurances from the PDP leadership. We do not know how Mehbooba would be working with the BJP. Our understanding was on the premise that Mufti is the Chief Minister.”

The PDP, meanwhile, has convened another meet on Monday for its legislators. “The legislature party is meeting on Monday,” said a senior leader. “The agenda is to discuss government formation. This will be first formal meet to discuss government formation in the backdrop of feedback received.”

BJP MP from the Jammu-Poonch Jugal Kishore Sharma said, “There has been an Agenda of Alliance worked out between both the parties for running the government and we still stick to it.”

(With inputs from ENS/Jammu)

 

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    Sirius
    Jan 31, 2016 at 6:08 pm
    PM should not agree to any anti-national demand (e.g., removing AFSPA, involving stan in peace process, handing over hydel projects) . BJP legislators should go back to their consuencies in Jammu and Ladakh , and ensure that the already sanctioned development projects are completed as per schedule. In short,start preparing for fresh elections ...
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      IML sood
      Jan 31, 2016 at 3:15 pm
      Central Govt. is not going to appease some rough elements in her party at the cost of Nation's honour. Should not try to play in their hands nor should speak in their language.Much water has flown under the bridge. Time has changed.No knee jerk reaction now like Gon their so called supporters. See the writings on the wall and act accordingly to avoid missing the bus.
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        Kay
        Feb 1, 2016 at 6:07 am
        Ms mehbooba Mufti is over intoxicated with two more State MLAs, let 2-3. MLAs dessert for her party over her arrogance and she will understand the politics. BJP is definitely is capable of forming the State government easily without her created problems. She is against the people of the state and shall drag the State to worst. Wait Mehbooba ji and see the time teaches you.
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          MyTake
          Feb 1, 2016 at 7:26 am
          Is BJP on a date looking for a partner?
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            Sam
            Jan 31, 2016 at 9:45 pm
            Too much time has gone by without a government. The Governor must invite other parties to for a government. The Governor should call a meeting of all parties and give them a deadline after which fresh elections should be declared.
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              Praful Vora
              Feb 1, 2016 at 4:32 am
              If you don't want to be CM then give someone chance no new elections ii costs money
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                Vikrant
                Feb 1, 2016 at 1:51 am
                Is there any reference or corelation between heading and the content inside? Slaves of italia mafia are being paid to spread negative news
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                  Anand Prakash
                  Feb 1, 2016 at 7:27 am
                  Even the alliance partners are ditching the BJP. Food for thought.
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                    Arun
                    Feb 1, 2016 at 3:30 am
                    PDP and RSS have nothing in common. BJP is a puppet of RSS. How can they work together ? It is better for JandK, if they do not have alliance.
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                      arc
                      Jan 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm
                      The responses of the bhakts here speak volumes about how democratic they are.
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                        PN badri
                        Feb 1, 2016 at 8:36 am
                        If snap poll conducted BJP is going to face rude shock like Delhi/Bihar and hence they are very cautious not to throw spanner on alliance and hence stalemate.
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                          Bijan Mohanty
                          Jan 31, 2016 at 5:31 pm
                          BJP wants to be in power in J andK. So it will convince the PDP leadership.
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                            Bijan Mohanty
                            Feb 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm
                            Any political party which forms alliance with BJP is bound to loose since BJP has become highly unpor during the short span of 2 years, thanks to Modi style of governance. Even the Veterans within BJP like Advaniji, Sinhaji, Arun Shourie etc. are extremely critical of Modi style. It is better for PDP to part ways.
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                              Karunakaran
                              Feb 1, 2016 at 4:01 am
                              "Media around the world" is made up of individual freelance article-writers, who write cleaver articles and sell them to the media houses. These freelance article-writers will write either for or against anyone - so long as the payment is right. In the hands of a clever writer, the most horrendous piece of information can be turned into the most glamourous piece of information. The article writers know that 90% of the people do not go beyond the le of the article, and 98% do not go beyond the first paragraph. The crude oil purchase price has dropped by 75%. How many Indian articles do we find demanding the government force the reduction of the retail petro price by 75%? that should show how many article writers are dancing to the baniya tune.
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                                Karunakaran
                                Feb 1, 2016 at 3:59 am
                                "Media around the world" is made up of individual freelance article-writers, who write cleaver articles and sell them to the media houses. These freelance article-writers will write either for or against anyone - so long as the payment is right. In the hands of a clever writer, the most horrendous piece of information can be turned into the most glamourous piece of information. The article writers know that 90% of the people do not go beyond the le of the article, and 98% do not go beyond the first paragraph. The crude oil purchase price has dropped by 75%. How many Indian articles do we find demanding the government force the reduction of the retail petro price by 75%? that should show how many article writers are dancing to the baniya tune.
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                                  Karunakaran
                                  Feb 1, 2016 at 12:09 am
                                  It is very clear BJP has lost everywhere. Delhi does not want BJP. Bihar does not want BJP. Gujarat does not want BJP. And now JandK does not want BJP. BJP is run by two baniyas. Plenty of sweet talk, plenty of promises. But baniyas' unwritten contracts only end up favouring the baniyas. The others end up going broke. Mehbooba has learnt the hard way the true meaning of a baniya contract. And now she is looking for a normal contract. Normal contract is always be a written contract.
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                                    Karunakaran
                                    Feb 1, 2016 at 4:04 am
                                    PDP has opened its eyes to the fact that a baniya contract is not the same as a normal contract. A baniya contract is always made up of sweet words that are never written. It is very clear BJP has lost everywhere. Delhi does not want BJP. Bihar does not want BJP. Gujarat does not want BJP. And now JandK does not want BJP. BJP is run by two baniyas. Plenty of sweet talk, plenty of promises. But baniyas' unwritten contracts only end up favouring the baniyas. The others end up going broke. Mehbooba has learnt the hard way the baniya contract. And now she is looking for a normal contract. Normal contract must always be a written contract.
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                                      MuftMeinCMMufti
                                      Feb 1, 2016 at 6:02 am
                                      if JK govt could not perform then Mehbooba should blame Mufti and not BJP as it was Mufti who was the CM and CM is the leader and should take responsibity
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                                        ASHOK KUMAR
                                        Feb 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm
                                        After Delhi and Bihar, now Jammu and Kashmir seems to be slipping out of BJP hands. That shows the downward trend in Modi's pority.
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                                          Dinesh Singh
                                          Jan 31, 2016 at 3:53 pm
                                          She has made BJP a dancing Monkey or a faithful dog eagerly waiting for her Tukda. tch tch a Nationalist party and this helplessness.
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                                            dv1936
                                            Feb 1, 2016 at 4:15 am
                                            She is playing the Muslim card
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