PDP Meets in Srinagar, Discusses ‘How to Strengthen Party’



PDPMeeting in Srinagar on Sunday

Meeting second time after the death of its patron and former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Peoples Democratic Party is holding a closed door meeting at Muftis’ Fairview residence Sunday afternoon.

Mufti Sayeed breathed his last on January 07 in AIIMS at New Delhi, since then there has no public government in office as PDP is yet to take call on whether it shall continue its alliance with Hindu nationalist BJP.

PDP president and daughter of late Mufti Sayeed, Ms Mehbooba is chairing the meeting while senior members and former PDP-BJP cabinet ministers besides party functionaries are attending the meet.

PDP held its first core group meet on January 17 at Fairview which lasted for over five hours. Late Mufti’s only son, Tasaduq Mufti has been attending party meetings since then.

Amid speculations that PDP has put some “strong” conditions before its former ally, BJP, today’s meet in unlikely to decide about the government formation.

Reports said that PDP is waiting for the “action” from BJP side, BJP leads Union government from New Delhi, on Agenda of Alliance. Agenda of Alliance is a working document between the two former coalition partners.

PDP has been maintaining that Agenda of Alliance is their “sacred document”. On the other hand, no one from central BJP party has spoken about the “sacred” document.

MP Tariq Hameed Karra, who represents central Kashmir in Lok Sabha, is the only prominent figure who is not attending the meeting. This time in Union capital, Karra has been publicly speaking against the “unholy” alliance and asking its party functionaries not side with right wing BJP.

When asked whether today’s meeting may decide the forming of government in J&K, a PDP insider said, “absolutely no” adding, “the meeting agenda is purely on how to strengthen the party”.

Jammu and Kashmir is under governor’s rule since January 09 as PDP-BJP could not claim forming the government in state.


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