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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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  1. S
    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 ...
    1. I
      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.
      1. K
        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.
        1. M
          Feb 1, 2016 at 7:26 am
          Is BJP on a date looking for a partner?
          1. S
            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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