Mehbooba did not ask for anything specific: Madhav


NEW DELHI: The BJP on Wednesday clarified that there has been no special demand from the PDP for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The BJP’s reaction came a day after Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and dubbed the meeting “positive”. 

The meeting between the two leaders put the BJP-PDP alliance back on track. 

“Mehbooba ji wanted to meet the prime minister and he has assured her of all help. He also asked Mehbooba ji to talk to the party leaders and decide on the future course of action,” BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told the media. 

He denied that the PDP put any special condition before the BJP. 

“No special demand was raised by the PDP. The PDP legislature party meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday) and we will take action after that,” Madhav said. 

He reiterated that the BJP has no problem in forming the government on the agenda of alliance finalised by late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. 

“Whatever Mufti sahab left behind should be taken forward and we are willing to take it forward in the same form,” Madhav said. 

The BJP leader, who is the point man in the talks between the two sides, also said that if there are any issues with the PDP, they can be discussed after government formation in the state. 

Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government after the death of Sayeed on January 7 at AIIMS here. The state was put under Governor’s Rule on January 9. 

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti who returned from New Delhi yesterday after her “positive” meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the important party meeting today afternoon to elect Legislative Party leader for the Lower House of the state legislature.

The meeting assumes significance after decks for government formation were cleared in New Delhi in half-an-hour meeting between Mehbooba and Modi.

Several rounds of talks were held between the leaders of the two parties to re-negotiate the government formation after PDP president asked central government for concrete assurance and timeframe for implementation of agenda of alliance.

The over two-month long deadlock saw top BJP leaders holding several meetings with Mehbooba and few other PDP leaders before the Tuesday’s meeting with PM.

Pertinently, J&K Governor N N Vohra has, through separate communications, intimated the President JK PDP and the State President of the BJP to meet him on Friday the 25th March, 2016. The meetings with the two leaders have been scheduled to be held separately.

What PDP was ‘fighting’ for?

1-Article 370 shouldn’t be subject of a debate

2-Announcement of India-Pakistan CBMs

3-Increase in volume of cross-LoC trade

4-Talks with separatists

5-Immediate action on the return of the power projects 

6-Withdrawal of the AFSPA from specific areas 

7-Vacating of land under army occupation

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