JNU Row Plays Spoilsport for J&K Govt Formation

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SRINAGAR: With the JNU row showing no signs of ebbing, a dark shadow has been cast on the already turbulent PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu & Kashmir. 

Sources said PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, who has kept the alliance on hold since her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s demise on January 7, has now decided to wait and watch how the JNU episode unfolds before making any formal announcement. 

On Wednesday, BJP’s prime negotiator with PDP, Ram Madhav, had met Mehbooba in an attempt to break the logjam that has fanned uncertainty in the state. 

Asked about the outcome of the meeting, Mehbooba remained silent, but top PDP sources said that she will be coming to Delhi next week for the Budget session. Mehbooba is an MP from Anantnag and will have to resign from Parliament to take over as chief minister. 

“In the present climate, when Kashmiri students are being branded anti-national, it is difficult for us to announce government formation right away,” said a PDP source. The six-week political impasse in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday appeared to be ending with BJP showing its willingness to accept PDP’s demand for time-bound implementation of certain elements of the common programme while saying that both sides are “positive” on continuing the alliance. 

The state BJP chief Sat Sharma on Friday was hopeful that the party looked forward to form the government with PDP by March this year.

Hinting that the power projects would be returned to the state by the NHPC, he whatever has been drafted in the agenda of alliance shall be implemented on ground in Jammu and Kashmir. “There is nothing new which has come up in the discussions over the government formation,” Sharma said. “Whatever earlier has been drafted by the two parties shall be implemented in the state in letter and spirit.”

When asked that the return of the power projects is already there in the agenda of alliance, the BJP chief, guardedly, said everything that has been mutually drafted would be implemented.

He said the party is looking forward to continue the alliance with the PDP so that peoples’ government in the state is witnessed once again. “We really hope that by the end of this month the deadlock will end,” he said. “We are looking forward to have a democratically elected government in place in the state.”

 He maintained further that there is no discussion going on within the party over any reshuffle in the ministerial portfolios. “Let there be government in place. Such things could be discussed later on. At present people are yearning for the government for they have voted for us,” BJP chief said.

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