PDP keeps options ‘open’; seeks BJP’s assurance on Article 370, AFSPA in J&K

All eyes are on the PDP to come up with its decision on government formation in the state.

By: Press Trust of India | Srinagar | Updated: December 28, 2014 1:59 pm
 President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti along with winning candidate Haseeb Drabu(L) and MP Tariq hameed karra(R) addressing a Press Conference after her party's win in assembly elections,at her residence in Srinagar on Tuesday. (Source: PTI) President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti along with winning candidate Haseeb Drabu(L) and MP Tariq hameed karra(R) addressing a Press Conference after her party’s win in assembly elections,at her residence in Srinagar on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

The stalemate over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continued for the fifth day on Saturday as PDP sought assurance from BJP over certain issues like safeguarding Article 370 and revocation of AFSPA which form the core agenda of the regional party.

“All options are still open, no decision has been taken yet on formation of government in the state with any other party,” PDP spokesperson Naeem Akhter said.

He said the leadership of PDP, which emerged as the single largest party in the assembly elections, was discussing all its options for government formation including an alliance with the BJP.

“There are certain issues which form our core agenda and require an assurance that these will be accepted by our potential alliance partner, whichever party it might be,” he said.

Akhter said his party’s stand on safeguarding Article 370, which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir within the Indian union, was non-negotiable.

He also said that the party was committed on revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state, besides initiating a political process for resolution of Kashmir issue.

Asked if his party would consider the demand for rotational chief ministership from any future alliance partner, the PDP spokesman said the negotiations have not reached that stage with any of the parties.

He said Congress has also given a proposal for government formation to the PDP which is under the consideration by the party.

On the National Conference’s offer of unconditional support to PDP for government formation, Akhter said his party has received no such communication so far from its arch rival.

“As and when such an offer is received we will surely discuss it and decide the future course of action,” he said. National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Friday said his party had only conveyed a “verbal offer” to the PDP through an intermediary.

The PDP leadership is caught in a ‘catch 22’ situation with some influential leaders within the party strongly opposing an alliance with the BJP on the grounds that such a partnership can reverse the gains made by the party during recent times.

A senior PDP leader, on the condition of anonymity, said an alliance with the BJP which emerged as the second largest party with 25 seats, would be “suicidal” for the regional party.

“While good governance and development is a universal yearning among the people, people in a sensitive place like Kashmir also keenly watch the friends you keep. One of the reasons for decline of National Conference was its hob-nobbing with which ever party was in power at the centre,” he said.

National Conference, which has 15 seats and can play a key role in government formation, withdrew from the race following open expression of dissent by some senior party leaders after reports suggested that the regional party had entered into parleys with BJP to cobble up an alliance.

The results for the state assembly elections on December 23 threw up a hung verdict with no party getting clear majority.

Congress, with 12 MLAs, is neither in a position to form the government or help PDP or National Conference to cross the 44 seat mark in the 87-member state assembly.

Congress spokesman Salman Nizami on Friday said the party was in touch with PDP and six other Independents to prevent BJP from coming to power in the state.

State Governor N N Vohra has invited PDP and BJP for separate discussions over government formation.

“The Governor has asked the two parties to inform him about the developments on government formation in the state,” Raj Bhavan sources had said.

All eyes are now on the PDP to come up with its decision on government formation in the state.

Meanwhile, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said only Akhter is authorised to articulate the party’s views in the media on policy matters.

“The statements of the Chief Spokesman (Akhter) should be taken as the stated position of the party on various policy issues.

“In the prevailing hazy political scenario, unqualified comments in the media only add to the confusion and fuel wild speculation,” Mehbooba said in a statement.

She said as a responsible political party, the PDP will take not only its cadres but the people of the State on board before arriving on any decision regarding the future course of action.

“I want to assure my party cadres and the people that whatever decision is to be taken will be taken in the larger interest of the State and its people,” the PDP president said.

She said the mandate given by the people to the PDP to represent the political aspirations and economic interests of all the regions and sub-regions of the state would be represented and valued in adequate measure.

Meanwhile, BJP on Saturday said that talks are going on with other parties on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have a crucial mandate in Jammu and Kashmir. We will be involved in government formation. Talks are going on. Let’s see what happens,” BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav told reporters.

However, he did not disclose with whom they are talking.

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  1. Harry Achari
    Dec 28, 2014 at 4:38 pm
    bjp better stay away from JK. pdp may make alliances with corrupt parties like congis and nc. for the development they must abolish 370 status. i dont know jk pay any taxes to the central government with its self governing status. in fact the fund ( jk ask from center to develop the state) is from taxes from all states. if jk wants to keep 370, let it keep. there will not be there any fund to jk. they can rule their own. if sayeedji can rule the state and let it that be. abolishing 370 means more buisiness and development for the state. more jobs are to come. i think bjp dont join the coalition and wait and see. the demand of pdp is blunt and not negotiable. all they want is money from center. they promised the people for development and so let pdp deliver it along with nc and congress combine. BJP better sit in opposition. alliance with PDP says nothing
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      Indian
      Dec 28, 2014 at 5:32 am
      BJP should go with this: first removal of Article 370 and then removal arms act. PDP's 50% demand satisfied.
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        Neil
        Dec 27, 2014 at 11:59 am
        Imp issues... NOOO compromise. National issue! If BJP or any political party becomes Buzdil/Darpok/Darial or not willing to care/sacrifice for nation (WRT article 370), people will kick them out like they threw away Advani though BJP did good in the past and he used a slogan as India shining that people did not want to buy or care! Article 370 is a national issue and it must be sped soon!! Support that party which cares for nation. People coming to US on visitor visa can buy house/property but Indian citizens are not allowed in own country! Progress of country is important and so are national issues. Congress was not willing to sacrifice their Gaddis for too selfish reasons and people of India buried those politicians deep down! Nehru did foolish mistakes just to appease and he was too stubborn and ziddi type politician.. he is no more in this world but cancer he created is still going on! He also allowed part of Kashmir to be looted by Pak and China and did not listen generals who wanted just 6 hours to get it back! Rather he choose to knock door of UNO - "Uncle ji.. our Kashmir has been looted.." What a shame to buzdil politicians who did not have any vision. Congress never wanted do do good things for national pride because of JUST vote bank. Muslims of Kashmir have to support otherwise how can we consider them good Indian citizens. Kashmiri pundists have been thrown away from their own state and they must be allowed to go back to their homes. Those who looted their property and houses should be prosecuted or jailed! There should be same civil code for all- Hindus should also be allowed to have as many wives.. and each wife should allowed allowed to have as many husbands. Otherwise make a same civil code for all - and no more appeats to any community (whether minority or majority).
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          Neil
          Dec 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm
          Nation first power last! BJP will get sympathy and resepct for sitting in opposition or let it go President rule! NOOO compromise. Sitting in opposition is better or President rule! Article 370 is a National issue! 

If BJP or any political party becomes Buzdil/Darpok/Darial or not willing tocare/sacrifice for nation (WRT article 370), people will kick them out likethey threw away Advani though BJP did good in the past and he used a slogan asIndia shining that people did not want to buy or care! Article 370 is anational issue and it must be sped soon!! Support that party which caresfor nation. People coming to US on visitor visa can buy house/property butIndian citizens are not allowed in own country! Progress of country isimportant and so are national issues. Congress was not willing to sacrificetheir Gaddis for too selfish reasons and people of India buried those politiciansdeep down! Nehru did foolish mistakes just to appease and he was too stubbornand ziddi type politician.. he is no more in this world but cancer he createdis still going on! He also allowed part of Kashmir to be looted by Pak andChina and did not listen generals who wanted just 6 hours to get it back!Rather he choose to knock door of UNO - "Uncle ji.. our Kashmir has beenlooted.." What a shame to buzdil politicians who did not have any vision.Congress never wanted do do good things for national pride because of JUST votebank. Muslims of Kashmir have to support otherwise how can we consider themgood Indian citizens. Kashmiri pundists have been thrown away from their ownstate and they must be allowed to go back to their homes. Those who lootedtheir property and houses should be prosecuted or jailed! There should be samecivil code for all- Hindus should also be allowed to have as many wives.. andeach wife should allowed allowed to have as many husbands. Otherwise make asame civil code for all - and no more appeats to any community (whetherminority or majority).
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            Neil
            Dec 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm
            There should be NOOO compromise. Sitting in opposition is better or President rule! Article 370 is a National issue! 

If BJP or any political party becomes Buzdil/Darpok/Darial or not willing to care/sacrifice for nation (WRT article 370), people will kick them out likethey threw away Advani though BJP did good in the past and he used a slogan asIndia shining that people did not want to buy or care! Article 370 is anational issue and it must be sped soon!! Support that party which caresfor nation. People coming to US on visitor visa can buy house/property butIndian citizens are not allowed in own country! Progress of country isimportant and so are national issues. Congress was not willing to sacrificetheir Gaddis for too selfish reasons and people of India buried those politiciansdeep down! Nehru did foolish mistakes just to appease and he was too stubbornand ziddi type politician.. he is no more in this world but cancer he createdis still going on! He also allowed part of Kashmir to be looted by Pak andChina and did not listen generals who wanted just 6 hours to get it back!Rather he choose to knock door of UNO - "Uncle ji.. our Kashmir has beenlooted.." What a shame to buzdil politicians who did not have any vision.Congress never wanted do do good things for national pride because of JUST votebank. Muslims of Kashmir have to support otherwise how can we consider themgood Indian citizens. Kashmiri pundists have been thrown away from their ownstate and they must be allowed to go back to their homes. Those who lootedtheir property and houses should be prosecuted or jailed! There should be samecivil code for all- Hindus should also be allowed to have as many wives.. andeach wife should allowed allowed to have as many husbands. Otherwise make asame civil code for all - and no more appeats to any community (whetherminority or majority).
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