Srinagar: Hours after independent MLA Engineer Rashid, known for his controversial statements and moves, met Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti at her residence on Sunday, both the PDP and Rashid were insisting there was nothing to read into the meeting. “I met to express my condolences to Mehbooba Mufti as I had not visited her since her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death,” Rashid told Mail Today. The PDP also called the meeting a routine one.
In 2014 elections, the PDP had emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member assembly followed closely by the BJP with 25 seats while the NC bagged 15. The Congress won 12 seats and the smaller parties and independents got seven seats.
After any single political party failed to get 44 seats to form the majority government, the Congress, the NC and several independents, including Rashid, had offered support to the PDP for government formation. But, the PDP entered into alliance with the BJP. However, after Mufti’s death on January 7, deadlock continues between the two parties with J&K now under the Governor’s rule. Now, in any formulation of a PDP-Congress coalition, Rashid could be a key player. (PTK)
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