PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday visited her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s grave in Bijbehara in south Kashmir, hours before PDP legislature party’s crucial meet which will decide on government formation in the state.
“Mehbooba visited her father’s grave in Bijbehara to offer prayers just before she takes final call with regard to government formation with the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir,” a PDP leader said. He said Mehbooba left for her hometown Bijbehara shortly before noon and would chair the legislature party meet in the evening at her official residence in Gupkar here.
The party is likely to make an announcement on the future of the alliance with BJP after the meeting. The PDP-BJP coalition, after 10 months rule from March 2015 to January, ran into rough weather following the death of then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7, after which the state came under Governor’s rule.
Since then, the PDP leadership has sought confidence building measures and assurances on the implementation of the already agreed Agenda for Alliance from the Centre for forming the government again. Hopes for government formation were revived after Mehbooba met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday.
She termed the meeting as “positive”, saying she was “satisfied” with the discussions with the Prime Minister.