In favour of continuing alliance with PDP in JK: BJP

Jammu, Feb. 2 (ANI): Amid the see-sawing developments over the Jammu and Kashmir Government formation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday asserted that they were in favour of continuing their alliance with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“We are largely in the favour of the alliance being continued. Prime Minister Modi and Mufti saahab had a vision for the state and we want to continue it. But the Constitutional right here is that the PDP has to choose their leader and the governor has to take the next step towards government formation, only after that can we (BJP) take any concrete decisions,” BJP leader Nirmal Singh told the media here.

However, he added that no official assurances have been made to the Centre and said that the BJP has asked 10 more days from the state governor to respond.

“No conditions have been set now. Just the agenda of the alliance needs to be implemented. Will appraise the Centre later of the recent developments,” Singh said.

Earlier today, state Governor N.N Vohra held a meeting with former deputy chief minister and BJP leader Nirmal Singh and Mehbooba Mufti.

The PDP Legislature Party had authorised party president Mehbooba Mufti to meet the Governor and convey him party’s point of view on in the context of publicly stated position on continuation of the alliance with the BJP.

The four member state BJP delegation led by Party president Sat Sharma rushed to Delhi on Monday for consultations on the issue with party’s national president Amit Shah.

Under its own constitution, the state could be put under Governor’s Rule for six months.

If the Governor is convinced there are no chances of a government taking power, he can recommend dissolution of the state assembly and seek fresh elections. The state is under Governor’s Rule since January 8.

The PDP’s Legislature Party did not elect her Legislature Party leader, which indicated that the party was not in a hurry to embrace power.

The PDP has of late come up with clear position regarding the government formation. The party has made it conditional with appropriate movement towards implementation of feasible and tangible components in the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ that PDP considers sacrosanct.

PDP’s position may pressurise BJP in its Jammu constituency as the party fully understands PDP’s urgency in doling out results on ground in Kashmir region.

The PDP has definite pressure both from the Kashmir electorate as well as its main opposition National Conference and the Congress. Perhaps, PDP’s 10-month experience with its coalition partner and the feedback from the ground compelled the party to reassert for its own survival in the politics of the state. (ANI)

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