BJP general secretary Ram Madhav Tuesday sprang a surprise by meeting Governor N N Vohra, a day ahead of the PDP’s already rescheduled meeting with the Governor for discussion on government formation. The party also described suggestions on forging a grand alliance between the PDP, the National Conference and the Congress as betrayal of people’s verdict in the state, especially the Jammu region.
“There are many processes for government formation and the BJP, after getting the highest popular mandate in the Assembly polls, is proceeding in that direction,’’ said BJP state president and its sitting MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, who had accompanied Madhav to Raj Bhavan here. He, however, parried questions about the meeting, saying he along with party leaders will be meeting the Governor along with a proposal on government formation as scheduled on Thursday.
Before meeting the Governor, Madhav convened a meeting of party’s core group comprising newly elected legislators here late Monday evening and heard their opinion on government formation. As the participants conveyed that the party should go for government formation in view of the mandate in its favour, Madhav told them that he would be meeting the Governor on Tuesday. He also told the participants that the party was in touch with the National Conference as well. Madhav’s meeting with Vohra, according to sources, lasted for 15 minutes.
The PDP, which was initially invited by the Governor for discussion along with the BJP on January 1, has got its meeting advanced to December 31. Pointing out that the BJP was not in a mood to sacrifice the office of the chief minister in view of apprehensions that it will project it as a sell-out among the people in Jammu region, sources said it was in touch with the National Conference also over the issue of government formation. “Former Union minister Farooq Abdullah, who is recovering after a surgery in London, is in contact with the party high command,’’ said a senior leader.
“The National Conference is the only option if the BJP wants to have its own chief minister,’’ the leader said, adding that in that case, the party with 25 MLAs will be performing the role of the senior partner.
Admitting that its talks with prospective alliance partners were in progress, he said “the party has kept all its options open… even having chief minister by rotation’’. “Everything will be clear in next two days,’’ he added.