PDP weighing all options but only with BJP
The single largest People's Democratic Party (PDP) may officially be "weighing all options" for government formation, but in reality it is considering an alliance only with the Bharatiya Janata Party (PDP) as of now, the Hindustan Times has learnt.india Updated: Jan 02, 2015 21:04 IST
The single largest People's Democratic Party (PDP) may officially be "weighing all options" for government formation, but in reality it is considering an alliance only with the Bharatiya Janata Party (PDP) as of now, the Hindustan Times has learnt.
The party is likely to consider other formulations only if their deal with the saffron party doesn't mature.
Apart from the PDP, the BJP emerged as the second largest party winning 25 seats in Jammu region while the National Conference won 15 and the Congress 12.
While the NC's offer of support yielded no response from the PDP leadership, the latter recently said the option of alliance with Congress was still under consideration.
But sources told HT that as of now that's not the case: There have so far been no talks between the PDP and the Congress.
"Only if things don't work with BJP will the PDP consider coming with us. As of now they are not responding to our offers of support,'' a top Congress leader said.
The PDP-BJP alliance will see the coalition having more seats than required for a majority in the 97-member assembly while a Cong-PDP alliance will require the support of many independents.
"Moreover, BJP has support of at least two MLAs (read Sajad Lone's party), so they are comfortable. If they can't make headway only then will they consider the Congress,'' he added.
However, the PDP's truck with BJP is not going down well as the Muftis - patron Mufti Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti - are facing stiff opposition from some of their own partymen including a few new elected MLAs.
Moreover, according to reports the separatist leadership has also taken exception to the BJP-PDP alliance. While reacting to reports that a separatist leader had met Mufti, moderate hurriyat leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat said, "there was no harm in meeting anyone''.
The BJP, however, is confident. In a report submitted to party senior leadership, BJP leaders who are incharge of the state have said 24 out of PDP's 28 MLAs are in-favour of aligning with them.
On the other hand, except for a congratulatory call from Sonia Gandhi, leaders of the Congress and PDP have hardly spoken to each other.
PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar said his party has not talked to any party formally.
The Congress and PDP had entered into an alliance to form the government in 2002. The two parties had agreed to have the chief minister's post on a roational basis. However the coalition came to a bitter end in 2008 when PDP withdrew support over the issue of transfer of land to the Amarnath shrine revered by the Hindus.
First Published: Jan 02, 2015 20:59 IST