The Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP will on Saturday call on Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra to stake claim to power in the state.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader Nirmal Singh sought a meeting with the governor on Saturday, “they will meet the governor here at 3: 30pm”.
“Mehbooba Mufti will hand over a letter claiming to form an elected government as the chief ministerial candidate while Nirmal Singh will submit support to the PDP claim,” sources said.
After a Friday meeting between BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu, it was decided that the chief ministerial candidate and deputy chief ministerial candidate would meet Vohra on Saturday, the sources added.
The PDP has 27 MLAs (it had 28 before the death of former J-K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) in the 87-member legislative assembly. An independent MLA from the Ladakh region also supports the PDP.
BJP has 25 MLAs and is supported by two MLAs of Peoples Conference headed by Sajad Lone and one independent candidate.
The state was placed under governor’s rule on January 8, a day after the then chief minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed passed away in New Delhi.