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J&K govt formation: Will Mehbooba Mufti stay with BJP or go alone?

The PDP Legislature Party, Which Met Here Today Nearly A Month After The Demise Of Then Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, Authorised Party President Mehbooba Mufti To Convey Its Point Of View On Government Formation To Governor N N Vohra Today.

PTI | Updated on: 02 Feb 2016, 07:54:29 AM

Srinagar:

The PDP Legislature Party, which met here today nearly a month after the demise of then Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, authorised party president Mehbooba Mufti to convey its point of view on government formation to Governor N N Vohra today.

There was, however, no clarity on whether Mehbooba was elected as the Legislature Party leader, a requirement for her formal projection as the Chief Ministerial candidate.

“The Legislature Party has authorised Mehbooba ji to convey the PDP point of view to the Governor,” party leader Naeem AKhtar told reporters after the meeting.

Mehbooba will be meeting the Governor in the afternoon today. However, Akhtar did not spell out whether Mehbooba was elected as the leader of the PDP Legislature Party.

This was the first meeting of the PDP Legislature Party since the demise of Sayeed on January 7 and came against the backdrop of Vohra’s invitation to the PDP president for consultations on government formation in the state.

Vohra yesterday sent invitations to Mehbooba and BJP state president Sat Pal Sharma for separate meetings tomorrow to clarify their stand on government formation in the state which is under Governor’s Rule since January 8.

PDP, with 27 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly and BJP with 25 legislators, ran a coalition government headed by Sayeed for 10 months before his demise on January 7.

At a party meeting yesterday, the PDP chief talked tough with regard to continuance of alliance with BJP yesterday.

Mehbooba, who is seen as a successor to her father as Chief Minister, had said she will take a call after “reassessing” whether ally BJP’s government at the Centre would take substantive steps in a “set timeframe” to address the “core” political and economic issues of the state.

She has said she would not become the Chief Minister just for the sake of power but wanted assurances from the Narendra Modi government on implementation of Agenda of Alliance, reached with the BJP by her late father.

After tough talk by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, BJP today made it clear that it will not come under “any pressure” over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir even as it is committed to the common minimum programme chalked out last year.

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First Published : 02 Feb 2016, 07:51:00 AM

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