Mehbooba-Amit talks hit dead-end

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New Delhi: Efforts to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir have hit a dead end as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has refused to accept the demands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), sources from the party said.

A senior PDP leader close to party chief Mehbooba Mufti said that the negotiations between the two parties had “hit a dead end” and the PDP was unlikely to form a government again with the BJP.

Another PDP leader said he was not authorised to speak on the subject.

The PDP comments came as BJP general secretary Ram Madhav announced that it was not possible to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir on PDP’s conditions.

“It’s not possible to form a government on (PDP) conditions,” Madhav told the media. “We are not ready to accept any new demand.”

He spoke a day after Mehbooba Mufti met BJP president Amit Shah. Mehbooba now is planning a meeting with the PM and the PM is yet to give her an appointment.

Madhav who played a key role in the formation of PDP-BJP Government in March last year while clearing the air on government formation in said that that the ‘there is a vast difference between the thinking of former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammed Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti over the formation of stable government in the state’. 

“After Mufti Saab’s death, PDP had to choose a leader for Chief Minister’s chair and there has been no change in the situation even today,” he said. “The deadlock in the state Assembly is not because of BJP, but it is due to Mehbooba’s demands that is delaying the government formation in the state.”

Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Madhav said that, “whatever fresh has to done has to be done after government formation. The first thing is that no new demand is acceptable to us and the second thing is that if there are new demands then it can be taken up once a new government takes over. A state government always has a right to make demands to the Centre. A government cannot be formed on the basis of conditions,” he said.

When asked if a new government will be formed, he said: “I cannot say because the stalemate that existed earlier continues,” he said adding that it’s not possible to form government on conditions.

Madhav’s statement came a day after PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti met BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi.

PDP with 27 MLAs and BJP with 25 members had formed an alliance on March 01 last year with Sayeed as the Chief Minister. Both the sides had formed an “Agenda of Alliance” which sought to address internal and external dimension of the state.

Governor’s rule was imposed in the state on January 8 after Mehbooba decided against taking over the reins after her father’s death.

Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 7 and the state came under Governor’s Rule.

The PDP and BJP formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir in March 2015 after assembly elections threw up a fractured mandate.

 

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