J&K Governor calls for talks today, PDP signals phone call from Delhi may bring back BJP alliance

J&K BJP team in Delhi for talks; NC and Congress welcome Raj Bhawan move

Written by Arun Sharma , Bashaarat Masood , Mir Ehsan | Srinagar/jammu | Updated: February 2, 2016 7:41 am
Kashmir crisis, J&K crisis, political crisis in kashmir, PDP-BJP alliance, PDP, BJP, Mehbooba Mufti, Kashmir governor, government formation in kashmir PDP leaders Naeem Akhtar and Zulfikar Chaudhary in Srinagar. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

As Jammu & Kashmir Governor N N Vohra asked the PDP and BJP to meet him separately Tuesday and clarify their stand on government formation in the state, the PDP sent clear signals that the return of the coalition was “just a phone call away”.

Sources in Srinagar said government formation in the state “wouldn’t be so difficult” if Prime Minister Narendra Modi or BJP chief Amit Shah were to assure PDP party president Mehbooba Mufti that the agenda of alliance would be “implemented sincerely”.

Sources said Mehbooba Mufti has been in direct touch with the BJP leadership, especially Home Minister Rajnath Singh and party general secretary Ram Madhav who played a key role in stitching up the alliance last March under the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Watch video: J&K crisis: What Is Troubling The PDP-BJP Alliance?

The PDP chief was yet to receive any assurance though from the BJP brass to address concerns regarding the agenda of alliance, sources said.

“There are no conditions. The agenda of alliance is sacrosanct for us and we only want its implementation,” Mehbooba Mufti was quoted as having told party legislators Monday while explaining her stand on government formation.

Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar too told The Indian Express: “We don’t seek anything beyond the agenda of alliance. It is a sacred document for us. We have both agreed to it. We only want its honest implementation. How and when that will happen is a matter of understanding and trust.”

Earlier Monday, Governor Vohra asked state BJP and PDP leaders to meet him separately at the Raj Bhawan in Srinagar Tuesday. While PDP leaders met in Srinagar to discuss the call from the Governor, state BJP leaders held a separate meeting in Jammu.

The PDP delegation will be led by party president Mehbooba Mufti while BJP state president Sat Sharma will head his party’s team.
State BJP general secretary (organisation) Ashok Koul told The Indian Express that the Governor has called them for a discussion at 6 pm Tuesday. The PDP leaders will be meeting him at 4.30 pm, he said.

In the 87-member House, the PDP with 27 MLAs is the single largest party followed by the BJP with 25 members. The National Conference has 15 MLAs and the Congress 12.

A three-member BJP team left for Delhi to apprise the party leadership of the developments in the state. Sat Sharma was accompanied by former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Lok Sabha member Jugal Kishore Sharma.

The NC and Congress welcomed Vohra’s decision to call the PDP and BJP.

“Good. The state can’t be treated like a playground by these two parties,’’ former J&K chief minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter, referring to the decision of the Governor.

State Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir told The Indian Express that both parties should clarify their positions on government formation.

“The PDP leadership has termed the agenda of alliance a sacred document and if it is a sacred document, then why are they raising questions,’’ Mir said, adding that this could be “political posturing” by leaders of both parties.

“The people of the state have voted for a democratic government and not for Governor’s rule,” he said.

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  1. S
    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:45 am
    PM should ignore this 'signal'. BJP should also sit quietly without any provocation. 1st meeting should happen at Governors office, where BJP should say they wish to continue the alliance and are willing to give a letter to that effect, but beyond this, BJP has no update ...
  2. K
    Feb 1, 2016 at 3:21 pm
    Mehbooba Ben, see the right things now for interest of State and the people of the State before it is too late leave you far behind in this your usurped pride you are in. BJP can form the government without you, know this please. Thanks.kay
    1. M
      Feb 2, 2016 at 8:56 am
      Don't blackmail. There are better things to do for a honest and hardworking person..
    2. V
      Feb 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm
      Ms. Mufti should deal with the state BJP on equal footing, gain their confidence and goodwill and sow she can be the leader who will elicit voluntary respect from all sections of society. In harmony, the state will prosper, but, in bickering and slighting a partner, the state will suffer.
      1. A
        Feb 2, 2016 at 7:24 am
        That phone call will never come. The Delhi man's ego is bigger that the Himalayas. He is at war with everyone who is not RSS
        1. A
          Feb 1, 2016 at 10:38 am
          A wise man once said that the urge to become a politician should be enough to disqualify a person from so doing, yet society is based on systems of government that couldn’t function without them. What is it that apparently de-humanizes politicians, and is there another way? Why do politicians make promises they then don’t keep? “I have to make it clear also that politics attracts only the most mediocre minds in the world. It does not attract Albert Einsteins, Bert Russells, Jean-Paul Sartres, Rabindranath Tagores…. No, it attracts a certain kind of people. Psychologists are aware of the fact that people who are suffering from some inferiority complex are the people to be attracted towards politics, because politics can give them power. And through power they can convince themselves and others that they are not inferior, that they are not mediocre. “But just attaining power makes no difference to their intelligence. So the w world is ruled by mediocre people when we have a large number of intelligent people – scientists, artists, musicians, poets, dancers, painters – all kinds of sensitive, creative people, the very cream of humanity, but they are not in power. They can change the w fabric of human history, they can change the darkness of the future into a beautiful morning, a sunrise.” -Osho
          1. S
            Feb 2, 2016 at 6:07 am
            Democracy is not a play-game of anti-Hindus. The kin of losers has no right to sabotage the will of the voters. Kashmir (Bharat) need peace and progress. If they don't understand that, put them aside and let the Army take over the reign of Kashmir. The anti- Hindus are not capable to rule nor they can feed themselves.
            1. K
              Feb 1, 2016 at 11:13 am
              About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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