The PDP and the BJP will set up a steering committee to oversee implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that forms basis of their alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.
Headed by state presidents of the two parties — Mehbooba Mufti and Jugal Kishore Sharma — the group will have four members each from both sides.
“The CMP is the guiding force for the new government and a document that mentions specific promises to bring about integrated development of all three regions of the state. The committee will oversee the implementation of the promises made in the CMP,” a senior BJP leader said.
The PDP-BJP government, which took over on Sunday, faced rough weather from the start with chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed making a controversial remark about the role of Hurriyat and Pakistan in peaceful conduct of assembly election. Secondly, PDP left red faces in the BJP with demands to return the mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru to his family.
BJP leaders claimed the party wanted to avoid the distractions and focus on delivering. “We have been able to establish a nationalist government in the state. We will use this to expand our base in other areas,” a BJP leader added.
Under the power sharing formula, the PDP will keep crucial portfolios like finance and home while the BJP will get infrastructure departments like power and others like health and medical education. Kavindra Gupta, BJP MLA from Gandhi Nagar, is tipped to be the assembly Speaker.