Govt Formation: Is ‘Grand Alliance’ a Reality Now




Even as the BJP said that the party was committed to the ‘Agenda of Governance’ in Jammu and Kashmir, the political deadlock persist amid speculations that new political arrangements were being worked out at different quarters.

However, most of the political leaders particularly those form PDP including its President Mehbooba Mufti continue to remain tight lipped dropping enough hints that “all was not well”.

Er Rasheed
Er Rasheed

KNS has learnt from reliable sources that despite senior BJP leader and close confidant of Prime Minster Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley’s fresh statement that his party was committed to Agenda of Governance, PDP and many other leaders from other parties were seen busy on Sunday in closed door deliberations.

The sources privy to the developments said that some fresh efforts of political realignment in the state have taken off at various levels, and this meeting could be part of that process.

Mehbooba Mufti could not be reached for comments, but sources said that she had more than a half an hour meeting with Independent MLA, Engineer Rashid at her Fairview residence on Sunday. Though the exact details of the deliberations between the two leaders were not immediately known, the sources said that Engineer Rashid insisted for a non-BJP grand alliance involving Congress, National Conference and other secular minded independent MLAs.

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National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah, however, refused a comment saying, he did not anything about the latest developments.

“I don’t know anything about the latest political situation.” Dr Abdullah said. He also evaded a direct reply whether his party was interested in grand alliance even now or not.

Pertinently, his son and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had floated the idea of ‘grand alliance’ soon after the results were out in December 2014. However, PDP had rejected the idea then saying, the mandate was divided and both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir had to be taken along.

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