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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    Sirius
    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 ...
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      Kay
      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
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        MyTake
        Feb 2, 2016 at 8:56 am
        Don't blackmail. There are better things to do for a honest and hardworking person..
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          Vish
          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.
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            Ak
            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
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              Ashutosh
              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
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                S.Gonesh
                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.
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                  Karunakaran
                  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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                    Karunakaran
                    Feb 1, 2016 at 8:30 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 10:13 am
                      I am from JandK and I will never vote for Mehbooba and her party...rather than vote for congress next time
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                        SurajParkash
                        Feb 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                        What agenda Mehbooba is expecting without committing the return of displaced refugees 26 years back in an ured safe places. And not be tormented or terrified. her father this last time, or earlier when he was CM, he did nothing, and why must BJP give up their poll agenda for return of forcibly displaced Hindus Suraj Parkash Tuteja
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                          Hemen Parekh
                          Feb 2, 2016 at 6:41 am
                          NEVER MORE IMPORTANT For BJP , winning the upcoming State Elections ( West Bengal - Tamilnadu - am - Kerala - Pondicherry ) in 2016 , is very important Currently , these are all non-BJP states , with a combined total of : * 825 MLAs ( of which , only 5 MLAs belong to BJP ! ) * 52 Rajya Sabha Members For BJP , winning is important because of the Economic Reforms getting stalled in Rajya Sabha , where it lacks a majority As far as the citizens of all these States are concerned , having a BJP government in their States can make a big difference to their economic progress , due to much better coordination with the BJP-led Central Government But , while campaigning , BJP cannot use this argument to win a por mandate ! We know why ! However , of all the political parties contesting , ONLY BJP hold a TRUMP CARD ! To win , all that Amitbhai Shah would like is for Shri Arun Jaitleyji to make following Budget announcement on 29 Feb 2016 ( before the Model Code of Conduct , kicks in ) : " Starting 01 April 2016 , Personal Income Tax stands abolished for SC / ST / OBC / Dalit and other Economically Backward Communities ( EBC = persons with annual income below Rs 5 lakhs ) " Now , which political party dare oppose such a Poor-Friendly measure ? If any party does , it is bound to lose the votes of these communities ! And the beauty of this " Winning Strategy " is : Hardly any adverse impact on revenues of the Central Government ! Of some 3 crore individual tax-payers , no more than 1 crore , may belong to such communities And together, they might be contributing no more than 10 % of the Personal Tax Revenue of Rs 2.5 lakh*crores ! Now , very likely , Shri Jaitleyji will turn around and ask Amitbhai Shah : " Would not this lead to similar demand ( total abolition of Personal Income Tax ) , from rest of the Voters ? " Of course , it would ! But then , Amitbhai would say : " Right now , we have a war to be won . In love and war , everything is fair ! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemenparekh / blogs 02 Feb 2016
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                            Purushothaman
                            Feb 2, 2016 at 2:04 am
                            Mehbooba is dodging to form a government with BJP alliance. she is waiting for more sympathy Oriented vote if a repoll is ordered. Parties other than BJP will vote for PDP and then try to take all benefits by threatening to pull it down.
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                              Me Marathi
                              Feb 2, 2016 at 4:29 am
                              370 eradication, Strong APSFA , elimination of islamic jihadi b@stards, relocations of kashmiri pandits and Hindus alone shall make this government.
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                                michelle_vedic_human
                                Feb 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm
                                PANDURANG VITTALKAR,------cow/cattle slaughtering and human slaughtering is no difference in islam and for Muslims,---it's evident in the world right now,---and was also evident during genocides,-----when you say 98% Kashmiris are Muslims,------then accept the fact that they are dissendents of sons and daughters of invaders,-----Kashmir was not born in 1947,----Google the map prior to 1947,-----no name of stan but kashmir allready existed,----therefore the simple fact is,----the rightful owners of kashmir,---Kashmiri pundits,----should be relocated and rule,-----Muslims should leave back to their own native countries,----then peace will prevail.
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                                    Ramesh Nittoor
                                    Feb 2, 2016 at 3:43 am
                                    The ball it seems is in BJP court. The inability of BJP to move towards near-rightist center due to contradictory pulls within it may be making it difficult to seal the deal. Bihar election saw a desperate lunge toward religious far right; and it appears that Hindutva right may continue to hold sway prior to UP elections. Not just the Sabka Saath folks with their development agenda; even the Akhand Bharat folks who seek addressing the social evils of caste and gender inequality and facilitate Hindu modernization are held back by Hindutva forces of Shiv Sena kind plus their opportunistic militant counterparts in the cow belt. Continuation of BJP-PDP alliance may signal that pro-Development elements and Hindu modernization elements combination continue to have a firm grip over BJP.
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                                      David
                                      Feb 2, 2016 at 6:28 am
                                      Kashmir is a lab to see and gain knowledge when m0slims are in majority and a time to come when m0slims will be majority in India. BJP, please play hardball with these anti nationals, get rid of article 370, resettle pandits for a healthy, secular and democratic India. And aim high and think of liberating the other part of Kashmir. Enough of m0slims traitors.
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                                        David
                                        Feb 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                        Re election and net loser will be PDP. Who is Mehbooba, nobody, just a privileged daughter. So, get real. Time BJP erts itself and make life miserable for PDP.
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                                          David
                                          Feb 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm
                                          Spare us, your old story.
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                                            Citizen
                                            Feb 1, 2016 at 6:32 pm
                                            how about president rule in Kashmir (to kanyakumari)?
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