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Deadlock continues, Mufti to hold talks with Sonia
Press Trust of India, PTI
New Delhi, October 23, 2002
First Published: 21:25 IST(23/10/2002)
Last Updated: 21:25 IST(23/10/2002)

In a new twist, the Congress on Wednesday decided to hold yet another round of talks with PDP on the issue of formation of a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress leader Manmohan Singh told reporters after a crucial meeting of party leaders here that PDP president Mufti Muhammed Sayeed will be coming to Delhi for talks in an attempt to break the deadlock on the Chief Ministership issue.

Manmohan said he also had a telephonic discussion with the PDP chief today and had invited him to come for parleys in Delhi.

Sayeed, who would arrive here on Friday, would hold meetings with Gandhi and other party leaders in their effort to cobble a responsive government in the state.

Asked if Congress had agreed to Mehbooba's suggestions, Singh said "we are looking at other options to provide a Congress-PDP government. They have made certain suggestions and we also made some suggestions earlier".

"Now she has made some fresh suggestions and we will be discussing all these matters with the PDP when its President arrives here", Singh said.

PDP Vice-President Mehbooba Mufti called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the phone this morning expressing her willingness to hold further talks, he said.

Mehbooba told Gandhi that PDP was ready to sort out all the differences and formulate an agenda so that the two parties could provide a stable government to the people of the state.


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