Ice started melting first time on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir post-poll freeze driven by a hung assembly with the BJP sending a top leader team to Srinagar to hold parleys and People's Democratic Party (PDP) leaders showing willingness to talk.
"If the BJP leaders come to us, we will talk. There is no harm in talking to them," PDP leader Altaf Bukhari, a close aide of party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, told the Hindustan Times. Bukhari won key Amirakadal constituency recently.
He, however, remained non-committal on the government formation with the BJP only. "We have many independents on our side. We are in touch with them," said Bukhari, in an oblique reference to the spadework done on the Congress front too.
Many PDP leaders oppose alliance with the BJP fearing political backlash in the valley. "It is very tricky and like wearing a mantle full of thorns," said a senior PDP leader on the condition of anonymity.
The PDP however has responded to NC working president Omar Abdullah's offer of support saying "let them come up with formal proposal".
Top PDP leaders like Mufti Muhammad Sayed and Mehbooba Mufti are keeping cards close to the chest and went into a silent mode since the results apparently to weigh all options and its long term fallout, with several leaders weary of taking up the offer.
Meanwhile, a BJP team, headed Ram Madhav reached Srinagar late on Thursday afternoon in a special plane to hold parleys with stakeholders, including independent MLAs and smaller groups like Engineer Rashid, Hakim Yasin and Sajad Lone of People's Conference in a bid to put pressure on the PDP to come forth.
"The bigger parties have a role to play. I am ready to offer support to any government working for interests of Kashmir," Yasin reportedly said while retracting earlier statement where he showed willingness to back the BJP.
Meanwhile, the reported and unconfirmed meeting of Omar Abdullah with BJP leaders in New Delhi has triggered a division within the party with several leaders opposition aligning with the BJP. "I oppose this alliance of my party with the BJP. I can't compromise with my conscience since people people voted to keep the BJ," NC leader Agha Ruhullah told the Hindustan Times.
Junior Abdullah has also reached Sringar and deferred his London trip to see his parents by a day or so.