Mehbooba Mufti is set to take oath as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
According to People’s Democratic Party sources, both the PDP and ally BJP have agreed to April 4 as the date for the swearing-in.
A senior PDP leader said that the BJP had not insisted on any “shubh mahurat (auspicious occasion)” but added that the two parties were negotiating portfolios.
There were reports doing the rounds earlier that the BJP was waiting for the inauspicious Krishna Paksha to get over. According to the Hindu calendar, Krishna Paksha is the period of the waning moon that ends on April 8.
“The BJP has demanded an equal share in power. While the PDP, being the senior partner, will have more share in cabinet berths, the BJP has been insisting on more chairpersons of boards to equal its power share,” the leader said.
According to sources, BJP MLAs are also insisting on “non- interference from the coalition partner in transfers of civil and police officials of Jammu division”.
Reports suggest that the BJP wants the important portfolios of finance and home.
BJP core group members discussed the developments at a meeting chaired by party J&K affairs in-charge and MP Avinash Rai Khanna. Khanna was in Jammu to gather feedback from party leaders before the swearing-in.
PDP leaders are keen that all their former ministers should be part of the new government. Some portfolios might, however, be changed.
Party insiders said that the cabinet would have the same ratio as late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s team. The PDP had 11 cabinet berths, while the BJP had eight members in the council of ministers. Besides, both alliance partners had three junior ministers each