Govt Formation: ‘BJP has No Condition but will Take Some Days’

Riyaz Ul Khaliq




As the speculations about the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir are rising with each moment, credible sources in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and right wing Hindu nationalist, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), revealed late Tuesday evening that the new dispensation in state will be at the helm, “at least”, not before this weekend.

Mehbooba Mufti in PDP Convention
Mehbooba Mufti

Since the day former CM and PDP patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, breathed his last on January 07 in AIIMS, rumours have been making rounds that former coalition partners have set their conditions before making a fresh start. However, no one from the either party has authenticated the claims.

As PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is still mourning the death of his father and mentor, Mufti Sayeed, she is yet to talk about new government formation with her party, authentic sources said. “Mehbooba Ji is yet to talk to her party members about the government,” one of the senior members of PDP told Kashmir Life, “so, it is premature to say exactly when the government shall be formed.”

The PDP member dispelled the speculations that government formation might start after 13 January, the last day of state mourning in view of former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death.

Notably, PDP chief spokesperson, Dr Mehboob Beg, had early in the day said, “Mehbooba Ji shall take oath after January 13.”

Ram Madhav
Ram Madhav

In the right wing group, BJP, intense deliberations are going on from Srinagar to its headquarter in Jammu. Its national Secretary General, Ram Madhav, was camping in winter capital for whole day.

Sources said that he held marathon meetings with the BJP members. A few days ago, Madhav was in Srinagar to condole the demise of Mufti after which he met his party members in Circuit House here.

“There is unconditional support to Mehbooba Ji from our side,” asserted a top BJP source, “however, the new government shall be formed not before this weekend.”

He said that Madhav, who was accompanied by BJP’s J&K Affairs Incharge Avinash Khanna, met all party legislators and other members in Jammu today.

When Kashmir Life contacted BJP state president around 9:30 PM this evening, he was in a party meeting. “Dad is in the party meeting this time,” the caller from the other end said, identifying himself as Sat Sharma’s son. “The meeting shall extend till late this night so it will be impossible to speak to him.”

State is under governor rule since Sunday evening after PDP and BJP failed to stake claim for the government.


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