Clearing decks for anointment of Mehbooba Mufti as first woman Chief Minister of the Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir by announcing it’s support to PDP to form coalition government, BJP on Friday said that it will, however, discuss “certain issues” with it before visiting the Governor N N Vohra with its formal letter of support.
“The BJP and PDP leaders will have a meeting between ourselves before they go together to meet the Governor,” said BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav here. “However, when they meet and go to the Governor will have to be decided by then,” he added.
Earlier, apart from deciding to support PDP to form coalition government, BJP legislature party unanimously re-elected Dr Nirmal Singh, MLA from Billawar, as its leader paving way for his becoming Deputy Chief Minister once again. BJP State President Sat Sharma said that it will, however, first have a meeting with PDP to discuss certain issues.
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“We may not be able to meet the Governor today,” said BJP State president Sat Sharma soon after the Legislature party meeting here. “We have decided to discuss certain issues with them (PDP) before both of us visit the Governor together to stake claim for government formation,” he added.
“It may take two-three days,” Sharma said. “Both of us will first sit together to discuss certain issues before meeting the Governor,” he said, adding that “it takes time to form government”.
The decision came at a BJP legislature party meeting chaired by BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav here. Minister of State in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh was also present at the meeting.
The PDP legislature party had on Thursday elected Mehbooba Mufti as it’s leader after she returned from Delhi following her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The State Governor N N Vohra had separately called leaders of both PDP and BJP on Friday evening to explain their position on government formation. Mehbooba Mufti also arrived here in the afternoon to meet the Governor.
The BJP, however, has decided to postpone it’s scheduled meeting with Vohra so as to first have a meeting with PDP for discussion on certain issues. Sat Sharma, however, did not elaborate the issues, but said that there has been no change in the Agenda of Alliance already finalised between the two parties.
“It is just continuation of the process that has started an year earlier,” he said about the government formation.
Ever since the death of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7, there has been Governor’s rule in the state. The formation got delayed as Mehbooba wanted the Centre to first initiate certain “CBMs” which was not accepted by the latter.
Earlier in the morning, Dr Jitendra Singh described the government formation exercise as continuation of the process initiated a year earlier. “Our alliance had neither broken nor there were differences in it,” he said.