Reticent PDP hung in suspended animation, BJP waiting helplessly

SRINAGAR: Reacting to the continued silence maintained by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Bhartiya Janata Party National Vice President Avinash Rai Khana Friday said that BJP can’t act or propose anything until the PDP members have elected their legislator leader.

“Let PDP open their mouth and unlock their cards, we will approach them,” Khana said. “We are positive but the ball is in the PDP’s court.”

“I will not say more than this,” he said.” What I have said is the stand of our party.”

No PDP leader or legislator was ready to talk on the subject. 

“Do you wish to see me out of party,” a PDP legislator when contacted fumed. “Did you not see what happened to Dr Mehboob Beigh when he talked to media?”

Our spokesperson will speak to media only after Mehbooba Ji will allow him,” he said.

Senior People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar had on Thursday said that a possibility of midterm poll can neither be ruled out or ruled in.

Even as PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has decided to continue the alliance with the BJP, it is unclear when she will take oath as the next chief minister of troubled Jammu and Kashmir. 

While ruling out any new political alliance, the Peoples Democratic Party has decided to continue the vision of late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed while working on a new alliance agenda with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Five days after she was authorised by her party’s core group to take a final call on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today continued to keep everyone guessing on her next move.

Mehbooba, who is facing demands from opposition National Conference(NC) to quickly take over as chief minister or go in for fresh Assembly polls, held an informal party meeting at her residence here but did not touch upon government formation in the state.

Describing the present political situation in the state as “ripe” for dissolution of the Assembly, JKNPP Chairman Harsh Dev Singh claimed only BJP appeared to be interested in forming the government as PDP has shown its “reluctance” by not responding to any of the communiques from the Governor’s House.

Following the death of Sayeed, the PDP said it will review the implementation of its Agenda of Alliance — entered with the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir — during the term of the coalition government headed by the PDP founder before making a decision on fresh government formation.

Although the party struck a conciliatory note after the core group meeting saying much progress had been made on the Agenda of Alliance, it has not yet given reasons for the ongoing delay in government formation.

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