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There has not been any formal discussion on government formation between PDP and BJP since Mufti Mohammad Sayeed breathed his last in AIIMS, last week, informed sources said. However, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav had raked up the issue and it was taken very unkindly by the PDP leadership.
Informed sources said Madhav who flew in a charter to Srinagar on January 8, had taken up the issue of government formation with PDP President Ms Mehbooba Mufti. She had sharply reacted to the issue regretting that she felt he had come to condole Mufti’s death and not the government formation.
The meeting between Madhav and Ms Mufti lasted for more than an hour and the former left the Fairview in not best of his body-language. He later drove to the Circuit House where he met BJP lawmakers. There were various suggestions of his party-men but Madhav impressed upon them that they should not go to the media with their feeling on the future of the coalition government.
Sections in the PDP have been concerned over the BJP using institutional interventions on issues that had been tackled by the ‘Agenda of Alliance’. They see BJP encouraging some of its members and activists to challenge the special status of J&K in the court of law which does not go with the spirit of the coalition dharma.
Analysts see Nitin Gadkari’s statement of centre realizing Mufti’s J&K dreams as a response to what apparently had been transpired in the Madhav-Mufti meeting last week.
Sources said while Ms Mufti was given mandate by the party to take the process forward on Sunday, she is yet to make any move. For most of the Monday she remained restricted within the Fairview meeting individuals coming to offer condolences. No top party leader was seen around for most of the day.
Indications suggest that the government formation may take some more time than anticipated. With governor’s now in command of the government, the stakeholders will have enough time to decide on their future course. Now, BJP has also indicated that it is not in a hurry and will wait for Ms Mufti’s decision.