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Cong-PDP to make-or-break talks on J&K Govt formation on Friday
Press Trust of India, PTI
Srinagar, January 08, 2003
First Published: 22:56 IST(24/10/2002)
Last Updated: 22:11 IST(8/1/2003)

The stage is set for crucial talks in Delhi on Friday on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir with leaders of the Congress and PDP hoping to sort out their problems and Mufti Muhammed Sayeed showing signs of mellowing to make the right signals to the national party.

In what is billed as make-or-break talks, Sayeed will go to Delhi for parleys with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other top brass including chief negotiator Manmohan Singh and PCC President Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The issue of Chief Ministership, over which the two parties did not see eye to eye so far, deputy Chief Ministership and distribution of important portfolios like Home are expected to come during Friday's parleys.

In a House of 87, Congress with 20 and PDP with 16 may get support of the majority of the 15 independents, the four member Panthers party and the two-member CPI-M group to reach the half way mark of 44.

The revival of talks after some brinksmanship by both sides was made possible after Congress virtually decided to go on its own for formation without PDP, which relented with a proposal on Tuesday for fresh negotiations.


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