PDP ‘opts’ to overlook special Kashmir package in budget

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Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to have decided to overlook the special Kashmir package it was anticipating in the recently announced Union Budget as parleys on government formation between the PDP and BJP have reportedly gained momentum. 

The government formation is all set to end after the Budget session of the Parliament, with back to back parleys between the PDP and the BJP nearing the final stage.

Sources close to Kashmir Observer reveal there have been no constraining moments witnessed between the BJP and the PDP after the budget session as being speculated. 

“A special package of more than rupees 9000 crore has been kept for the Jammu and Kashmir state in the recent union budget and that the reports which have claimed that PDP-BJP bonhomie has started witnessing straining moments are incorrect,” a top PDP source said.

“I can tell you with certainty that has been no affect over the PDP- BJP alliance due to the Budget session. The fact is that the union government has kept more than Rs 9000 crores for JK as a special package. Tell me, in which budget have you seen in the past that such an amount has been sanctioned for the state.” 

The sources said that after the Budget session in the parliament which is ending on March 16, serious breakthrough in the government formation could be take place and that it is among the possibilities that the state would see the BJP-PDP government once again that too in this month.

Moreover, the union Urban and Housing Minister, Vainkiah Naidu has given ahead for the smart cities project for Jammu and Srinagar and same shall be announced in near future. 

A PDP leader was contacted said that the parleys are entering into the final stage and that the alliance has not yet broken. 

He maintained that both the parties are holding negotiations and that the serious breakthrough could be expected soon.

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