Political Impasse:Thursday Is D-Day Over Future Of BJP-PDP Alliance

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SRINAGAR: Deadlock over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir seems to have ended with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti today calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a meeting which she described as “very positive” and “good” in addressing issues pertaining to the people of the state.

The PDP president, upon whom the party legislators have rested the final decision over the continuance of the alliance with the BJP, said after emerging from the meeting that she would consult her party cadre on Thursday and decide the future course.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Ms Mehbooba Mufti of “all help” that her government will require from centre. She has also been assured that the BJP in the state will also be supportive and responsive, sources said.

Mehbooba drove to the Prime Minister’s residence this morning barely three days after PDP and BJP had hit a road block with BJP’s chief interlocutor Ram Madhav announcing that his party would not be accepting any fresh demands from its erstwhile ally PDP.

Emerging after a 30-minute-long meeting with the Prime Minister, Mehbooba said she had a “very positive and a good meeting” with him.

 “We are seeing a stalemate for last two to three months over government formation in the state but today I am satisfied. I am very satisfied,” she told reporters here.

To a question whether the stalemate has ended, she said, “When you meet the Prime Minister of the country, naturally the solution to the problems faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir is more clear“.

She will be flying back to Srinagar where she will brief her party legislators on Thursday. “I had been authorised by the party MLAs to take a decision. I have convened a meeting on Thursday and after that we will announce the future course of action.”

On government formation in the state, she said, “As I said I will talk to my MLAs because that is the forum. This is not the place. There is a particular place to make such announcements. I will go back to Srinagar and take the next step.”

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