The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday welcomed People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti’s election as the legislature party leader saying they hope that soon there will be an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I think this is a welcome step. I extend my greetings on behalf of BJP to Mehbooba Mufti on being elected as a party leader in the legislature. Definitely there was a stalemate in the formation of a new government in Jammu and Kashmir after the unfortunate demise of former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir,” BJP leader Ravinder Raina told ANI.
“I do hope that after this meeting, very soon, you will find an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir. People have voted us to form the government and it is our democratic, political and constitutional obligation to form the government,” he added.
The PDP MLAs earlier on Thursday unanimously elected party chief Mehbooba Mufti as the legislature party leader.
Speaking at the PDP meeting, Mehbooba thanked the party workers for extending their support to her and for backing her during testing times.
After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, Mehbooba had said that she would take a final decision regarding the government formation and PDP-BJP alliance after consulting her party MLAs in the legislature meeting.
The BJP had earlier said that it was committed to the implementation of already agreed agenda of alliance.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has called separate meetings with the PDP chief and BJP state president Sat Sharma on Friday.
Jammu and Kashmir was placed under the Governor’s rule on January 8 after chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death on January 7.