Ball in Mehboob’s court: BJP


There is still no word on the government formation at Jammu and Kashmir. The talks between the BJP and the PDP have not yielded any results yet with the latter continuing to keep up the suspense. 

At this moment, both parties do not want to appear to be giving away too much and have held their cards close to their hearts. 

According to the BJP sources during the recently held talks, the PDP was assured of a financial package for the state and also the transfer of some Centre-run power projects to the state. 

The PDP, however, is yet to reciprocate on these assurances and continues to raise the demands. 

What does PDP want? The PDP has not said in clear terms that they have agreed to the assurances given by the BJP. The PDP has also not indicated whether it is ready to face the elections. 

The PDP now wants to involve Pakistan in a sustained dialogue where the Kashmir peace process is concerned. On the other hand, the PDP despite being assured, has sought economic initiatives. 

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti has also said that there needs to be more initiative taken by the centre so that jobs are created in the state. 

She feels it is unemployment that is leading the youth towards militancy. She said that she is keeping in mind the honour and welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. 

BJP leaders said they have put forth their point and the ball now is in the court of the PDP. The BJP does not want give away too much as it could affect their vote-bank in the Jammu region. We are awaiting a signal from her, the BJP leader said while also adding that they are hopeful of a positive response.

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