4 seats at stake, tying up now can provide the numbers and end the suspense over a coalition.
Sources said terms of a BJP-PDP alliance will be based on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
With the results belying those hopes, Mufti knows fate has dealt him a hand from where there may not be second chances.
PDP spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said, "It was a courtesy call obviously to explore possibilities."
Sources said the MLAs were divided on the question of an alliance with the BJP .
While PDP has secured 28 seats, BJP bagged 25 in the elections to the 87-member state Assembly.
NC wants PDP to go with BJP so that they can gain from the decision’s political fallout.
The BJP represents everything that we oppose and they detest everything that we believe in, said Omar.
PDP with 28 is followed by BJP with 25 and if Sajad Lone’s two seats are added, they together number 55.
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He asked whether people who been ruling the state for last 60 years have been able to provide them basic facilities.
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Recalling the 1983 elections in Jammu, Mufti said, 'That wave was much more intense'.
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The PDP’s Nayeem Akhtar, for his part, claimed his party would get AFSPA repealed, saying Omar didn’t take any concrete measures.
Sonia said that dreaming is easy but running a country where there are no communal or personal biases is hard.
Muzamil Jaleel goes back to the Machil killings that has led to a court-martial sentencing five Army personnel.
He said that BJP is playing a dangerous game by polarising Jammu region and clandestinely indulging in unfair means in Kashmir region.
Lone said he had apprised PM as a Kashmiri about difficulties being faced by people of Valley due to September floods.
As per eyewitnesses, the Maruti 800 was stopped by the Army naka party but skidded off the road and hit a pole on the side.
The family members of the boys were not ready to speak because of fear. A police team had already visited the village for investigation.
Alok Kumar, facing graft charges in Bihar, appointed south Kashmir DIG before polls.
The police records suggest that these two men had not been booked under the Public Safety Act.
Abdullah said that a legal cover for army to operate in Kashmir couldn’t be turned into blanket impunity.
Lone said that a perception has been created in Kashmir as if the Congress has been a pro-Kashmir political party in the past.
Zulfikar and Haider Ali were among a group of workers from Bengal who were picked up by J&K Police from Baramulla.
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