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BJP and PDP aim for a ‘stable’ govt in J-K

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the People’s Democratic Party, the two largest parties to have emerged after the assembly elections, seem to be inching closer towards forming an alliance.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2015 13:15 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party and the People’s Democratic Party, the two largest parties to have emerged after the assembly elections, seem to be inching closer towards forming an alliance.

According to sources, the BJP has given up its demand of a rotational chief minister and might settle for the post of deputy CM.

Sources say BJP, keen on being part of the government in the state, is likely to put contentious issues like Article 370 on the backburner.

However, senior moderate Hurriyat leader Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat’s meeting with PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has fuelled speculation that moderate separatists oppose any government formation with the BJP.

“If two friends meet, is it an issue? Mufti and I were class fellows in college,” Bhat said in response to the meeting.

It’s reliably learnt that Bhat has expressed his apprehensions over the BJP forming any government, first time ever, in Muslim-majority state.

Bhat added: “Snakes can marry rats and bulls chase lizards…. Anything can happen with regard to government formation but at present let’s not count stars which lie beyond (our vision).”

If the BJP and PDP form an alliance, Sayeed is likely to be CM while the BJP gets to elect someone from Jammu as deputy CM.

A senior PDP leader said that the CM’s post is not the problem but getting the BJP to agree on a common minimum programme would be a big problem.

A key agenda for the PDP is the resumption of dialogue on Kashmir — with separatists and Pakistan. The party also has a roadmap for issues like the revocation of AFSPA from peaceful regions and making Article 370 more powerful.

“In order to sell the alliance to people, PDP needs to get something on paper,” the leader said.

According to PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar, government formation will take time. “We are not doing anything in a hurry,” he said.

His thoughts were echoed by a five-member BJP delegation who met J&K governor NN Vohra on Thursday to request more time for government formation.

(with inputs from Peerzada Ashiq)