NC demands clarity from Mehbooba Mufti over JK Govt. formation

Srinagar, Feb.1 (ANI): With the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) maintaining suspense over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir after chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s demise, the National Conference (NC) on Monday said that Mehbooba Mufti should make it clear as to whom she intends on joining hands with to contest the elections.

“From the last one month, Naeem Akhtar has been saying that Mehbooba Mufti is authorised to take the call on government formation. It now seems that he has nothing else to say or he himself has lost faith in the party leadership,” NC spokesperson Junaid Mattu told ANI.

“The BJP-PDP alliance has pushed the state into a deep political crisis. The two mainstream parties which are in alliance are unable to form the government. Our party says that the PDP should either form the government with the BJP, or they should openly say that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was wrong. Mehbooba Mufti should say that her father was hungry for power while she is not, and thus is breaking the alliance and will contest the elections,” he added.

PDP legislators on Monday had authorised party president Mehbooba Mufti to convey the party viewpoint on a government formation in the state to Governor NN Vohra.

Addressing media, shortly after heading a meet of the PDP legislature party, senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said, “Party MLAs had today authorised president Mehbooba Mufti to convey its viewpoint on government formation in the state to governor, NN Vohra whom she is meeting tomorrow .”

However, Akhtar did not specify whether the party lawmakers had elected her as leader of the legislature party during the meeting.

Meanwhile, N.N. Vohra today sent a letter to both parties to clarify their stance on government formation in the state.

The chief minister’s seat has been lying vacant for the last three weeks since the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.

A core group of the BJP met this morning in Jammu to discuss the issue of government formation. The PDP meeting is scheduled to be held in Srinagar.

The PDP had earlier indicated that it might consider opting out of the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party if the bipartisan agenda decided upon fell short of expectations in letter and spirit.

Mehbooba had yesterday said the party will take a call on government formation as and when it was confident that the vision and mission of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be carried forward. (ANI)

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