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J&K govt formation: BJP buys time from Governor, says talks still on

"We have sought more time from the Governor on submitting proposal as our talks," said Jugal Kishore Sharma.

THE government formation in Jammu Kashmir may take a little more time as BJP on Monday told the Governor N N Vohra that their talks with prospective alliance partner have begun so as to give a stable government in the state.

“We have sought more time from the Governor on submitting proposal as our talks for giving a stable government to the state have started,” said BJP state president and sitting MP Jugal Kishore Sharma soon after he along with other party leaders came out of Raj Bhavan this afternoon. He was accompanied by Avinash Rai Khanna, incharge BJP’s affairs in the state, besides party general secretary and newly elected MLA Dr Nirmal Singh among others.

“The people have given mandate for formation of a government and we have to see that it is stable and it runs for six years as per aspirations of people of the state,” Sharma said. “Normally such issues take time and both the parties will arrive at a decision in next few days,” he added, but refused to name the prospective alliance partner.

“To how many parties people have given mandate to form government?” he asked dropping enough hints of talks going on between BJP and PDP, the first two major groups emerged after the 2014 assembly polls. In the 87 member hung Assembly, PDP has 28 members, closely followed by BJP (25), NC (15), Congress (12) and others (7).

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PDP President Mehbooba Mufti too had, after her hour-long meeting with the Governor on Wednesday, dropped hints of her party’s inclination for an alliance with BJP rather than having a grand alliance with NC, Congress and independents.

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“The issue is not of just government formation, but also to respect the mandate given by the people of the state,” she had pointed out.

“We have to see restarting of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s policy for restoration of peace and normalcy in Kashmir which was later abandoned by the UPA government,” she said.

“We have to ensure restart of the peace process as also the fulfilment of promises made by us to the people,” she said in an apparent reference to party’s stand for revocation of AFSPA and special package to the state, besides talks with Pakistan.

The new government as per provisions of the constitution has to be formed in the state by January 19.