Ahead of Meeting Vohra, BJP’s Core Group Meets Again




Before meeting the Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra to clear its stand on government formation, BJP has decided to hold a meeting with its core group in Jammu today.

Reports said that National General Secretary of BJP Avinash Khanna will land in Jammu this afternoon to join the meeting of its J&K Core group. This is the second core group meeting in past 24 hours.

“At 4 PM, we will hold a meeting of core group to discuss the issue. The panel which had gone to New Delhi for meeting with central leadership will brief us,” BJP’s General Secretary Ashok Koul told a new gathering agency.

He said that after the meeting, the BJP team will meet the Governor over the issue.

Replying to a question on uncertainty over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Koul said, “from our side, there is positivity and we feel the same from other side. There is no uncertainty from BJP side.”

He maintained that the party is sticking to the “Agenda of Alliance” but “adamancy is from PDP”.

A three-member panel of former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, state BJP Chief Sat Sharma and Jammu MP Jugal Kishore had gone to New Delhi yesterday soon after core group meeting in Jammu and discussed the issue with central leadership last evening.

After tough talk by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, BJP yesterday 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 program chalked out last year.

After Core group meeting yesterday in Jammu, State BJP chief Sat Sharma told reporters that there was “no concrete” demand or condition from PDP in writing.

The Governor has written to leaders of the two parties asking them to clarify their stand on government formation by today evening.

PDP, with 28 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly and BJP with 25 legislators, ran a coalition government headed by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for 10 months before his demise on January 7.


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