Power projects to set the PDP-BJP alliance ball rolling

SRINAGAR: With People’s Democratic Party (PDP) asking the Centre to implement the Agenda of Alliance, it is widely being considered that the return of two power projects from the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) to the state could set the ball rolling. The alliance was the basis of the coalition between BJP and the PDP.

Senior PDP leader, Wahid-ur-Rehman Parra, who was part of the Sunday meeting, which was chaired by President Mehbooba Mufti, said the Agenda of Alliance is sacred and the promises made in the document, including assurances about power projects, have to be implemented.

“We are prepared for anything in case they don’t give confirmation about implementing Agenda of Alliance,” he said.

The state-BJP’s general secretary, Ashok Koul, said the party has not received any condition from the PDP. However, he said, the Agenda of Alliance would be implemented. “It has to be implemented,” he said.

“Why should Jammu suffer on account of lack of electricity when temperature goes above 40 degree celsius and why should Kashmir suffer in sub-zero temperature in winters? For addressing power woes of the state is within the reach of the government of India. They can do it in a day,” said a senior PDP leader.

Apart from putting the Article 370 in deep freeze, the Agenda of Alliance has called for sustained and meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders irrespective of their ideological views.

It also insists that coalition government will examine the need for de-notifying ‘disturbed areas’ which would enable the Union government to take a final view on the continuation of AFSPA in these areas.

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