SRINAGAR: Prof Amitabh Mattoo, an influential Kashmiri with connections to the corridors of power in Delhi, Friday claimed that the National Conference will not be a partner in any new government and that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be the next Chief Minister of the state.
NC and PDP will never form an alliance for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they compete for the same space, Mattoo said.
He said that the NC will not be a partner in any new government. No one today can afford to touch it. It is the only untouchable party today, given its performance in the election (even though marginally better than predicted) and its track record of the last 6 years. The challenge for the NC will be to keep its flock together over the next 6 years, Mattoo said.
Matoo according to CNS said that the PDP will form the next government with Mufti Muhammad Sayeed as chief minister. The PDP's greatest challenge will be to reach out to Jammu and Ladakh. Two possible ways for PDP are to reach out to the BJP rebel from Udhampur, and make three of its Jammu stalwarts, including Rangeel Singh and a Sharma and a Thakur ministers straight way by making them part of the Legislative Council in the next 6 months.
Former Vice Chancellor Jammu University said that the BJP will sit in opposition and offer outside issue-based support to the PDP and seek delimitation and greater empowerment of Jammu.
The Congress will seek to be part of the government, but may settle for supporting the PDP from outside, he said.
He according to CNS said that Sajad Lone, Hakim Muhammad Yasin, M.Y Tarigami (if his party allows him), and Engineer Rashid will be part of the new government.
He said that the new government in Jammu and Kashmir will have the full support of Prime Minister Modi and his government on all developmental issues.
This government will, however, have the shortest possible honeymoon period, and will have to show that it means business within the next 6 months, he said. (CNS)
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