Don’t expect breakthrough in near future: PDP

Srinagar: Despite its president Mehbooba Mufti leaving for the winter capital to meet the governor, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday said no breakthrough is expected in the near future over the formation of the new government.

PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said that no serious conclusion has been drawn so far over the formation of new government and the deadlock is likely to continue.

Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday left for Jammu for discussions with the Governor, N N Vohra, for the government formation. “Don’t expect any breakthrough soon after the meet. She has left for a discussion over the present political scenario that has emerged in the state after the results of the state elections of 2014,” Akhtar said, adding that talks with all the political parties is going on with no final decision made over the issue.

“It is an evolving situation and not concrete has come to fore yet. The situation continues to remain the same,” said the PDP chief spokesman, adding that not in the near future, the deadlock is expected to end.

He also maintained that Mehbboba-Vohra meeting should not be expected as the final point in ending the deadlock as the party is yet to take final call over entering into a coalition with any other party. “You cannot term it a final step. The discussions are going on and shall continue till final decision is made,” Akhtar told KNS

The PDP, that won 28 seats this time five from Srinagar, was part of a coalition that ruled the state between 2002 and 2008.  Poll pundits suggest that the party is again likely to form the next government in coalition with other political groups and some independents.

People’s Democratic Party this time has won 28 seats and has gained seven seats as co0mpared to the last elections.  BJP has gained 14 seats this time as earlier that party had 11 members in the assembly.

 On the other side, NC has lost 15 seats and most of them from the summer capital Srinagar. Earlier the party had 28 members but this time the results have squeezed it to mere 15.  The state Congress has lost five seats this time as the party this time has 12 seats in its kitty.

Both the BJP and the PDP benefited from widespread public discontent over the ruling National Conference party’s handling of devastating September floods that killed more than 200 people in Kashmir.

Grand alliance formula was earlier floated by the Congress with other independents seconding the thoughts, asking PDP to keep BJP at bay. 

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