Many PDP MLAs have conveyed their displeasure to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti over delay in government formation in J&K, sources have said. Most party MLAs are learnt to have told her that she must take a final call over government formation as the delay is politically hurting PDP.
While the PDP leadership has been giving an impression that backchannel talks with BJP are on, many legislators feel the negotiations have hit a deadlock.
Sources said some MLAs have told Mehbooba that the Governor is taking political decisions that would impact PDP’s prospects in the long run. “We have conveyed our reservations to the PDP president. Unfortunately, she is being ill-advised by some people who lost in the polls,’’ a PDP MLA told The Indian Express. Another MLA said, “We were given a mandate by voters to solve their problems.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to redress their grievances,’’ he said, claiming that no talks are on with BJP.
Sources said that when some MLAs conveyed their concerns to Mehbooba at a meeting, she told them that she is ready to fight alone and the members could leave the party if they wanted.
BJP’s state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna said talks are still on with the PDP leadership. “I can’t say when the government will be formed. The conditions being put forward are already in the common minimum programme. During the PDP-BJP rule, we did what we could do,” he said, adding that the state had received a package of Rs 80,000 crore from the Centre.