Amit Shah, state leaders meet in New Delhi

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 20:58 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to take a crucial decision regarding the government formation in the state in a meeting in New Delhi on Monday.

BJP president Amit Shah has called the party's state unit leadership to the capital to take a final call on the issue and also to announce the leader of the legislative party.

BJP state president Jugal Kishore Sharma besides MLAs Nirmal Singh and Sukhnandan Chowdhary are scheduled to attend the meeting.

According to BJP sources, finance minister Arun Jaitley and another party leader Arun Singh, both of whom have been appointed observers for J&K, are also likely to take part.

The BJP meet comes at a time when political speculations are rife that the formal announcement of the party's alliance with the single largest People's Democratic Party (PDP) can be made any time.

According to sources, the BJP president after holding deliberations with the party leadership may also talk to the PDP leadership.

Though a sizeable section of the BJP has been interested in forming an alliance with the PDP, yet the demands by PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed put the alliance formation through rough weather.

"The party has not raised Article 370 in electioneering, but its revocation remains a part of our core ideology, though we are now asking for a debate. Similarly AFSPA is a contentious issue as party all along has been supportive of it," said a BJP leader, wishing not to be named.

Another tricky point is the post of the chief minister. The BJP wants to have a rotational chief minister - as it was in 2002 between PDP and the Congress - but may concede on giving the first three years to the PDP.

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