Continuation of dialogue process with Pakistan and Kashmir-centric Indo-Pak confidence-building measures (CBMs) to address local aspirations will be the sticky points in the talks between the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which have begun negotiations for government formation in the militancy-hit state.
“Distribution of portfolios will come at a very later stage, only when the workable agenda is agreed upon. We don’t want to forge an alliance only to build bridges and buildings in the state but want the BJP to take forward former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiative on Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan forward,” one of the PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s advisors told HT.
Top leaders of PDP, first time since it emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats in the assembly polls, huddled at Sayeed’s official residence.
The meeting of leaders came in the backdrop of BJP emissary and party general secretary Ram Madhav holding the first round of talks with PDP MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig in Srinagar on Thursday night.
“The dialogue just eased up the space to hold more dialogue,” a top PDP leader told HT.
“There was nothing more, nothing less in the talks,” he added.
Madhav also said that “the talks with leaders in Kashmir were at an infancy stage but positive.”
The BJP has put forth three-point formula as suggested by Union minister Arun Jaitley, where he underlined that the party would not compromise on sovereignty, regional balance and development.
Meanwhile, another PDP leader confirmed Baigh having the mandate of the party patron to hold the dialogue with the BJP emissary.
Sources privy to the meeting of PDP leaders confirmed that Sayeed and party president Mehbooba Mufti may not be on the same page on government formation with the BJP but all leaders have agreed to form a “workable agenda” to forge an alliance with the BJP.
It is seen as a major initiative towards forging an alliance for the first time ever with the BJP.