PDP, BJP Presidents Meeting Likely Today

KL Report

SRINAGAR

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti is likely to meet BJP President Amit Shah Tuesday at 4 pm after two months long negotiations between the two parties.

Sources said that the meeting between the two party presidents will follow by the formal announcement of a PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.

The government headed by PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, is likely to be sworn-in on March 1.

The swearing will be followed by a meeting between Mufti and the Prime Minister Minister Narendra Modi, sources said.

While Sayeed will be Chief Minister for entire six-year term, BJP’s Nirmal Singh is likely to be Deputy Chief Minister, sources said.

Sayeed had earlier headed a coalition government with Congress for three years from 2002.

Both parties have kept under wraps the details of the CMP, particularly with respect to the Article 370 and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the two issues over which the two parties have completely opposite views.

According to sources, the portfolios have also been finalised with the PDP likely to walk away with Home and Finance while BJP is expected to get Tourism and Water Resources, Public Health Engineering and Planning.

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