PDP coming up with ‘agenda on alliance’

Sources privy to the developments said give the "vague scenario" which has come to the fore after the poll results, the PDP has decided to come up with an “agenda keeping in view peoples' aspirations”

Umer Maqbool
Publish Date: Dec 26 2014 3:30PM | Updated Date: Dec 29 2014 3:05PM
PDP coming up with ‘agenda on alliance’Mufti Sayeed at an election rally in Arnia area of Jammu. Pic: Mir Imran/GK

Srinagar, Dec 25: Amid uncertainty over government formation in J&K in the wake of fractured mandate that the elections delivered, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in the process of preparing an "agenda" which it would place before other political parties before forming any alliance.

Informed sources said the PDP was “not in a hurry" to stake claim to the Government formation.  "We respect people's mandate and faith reposed by people in the party," they said.

The Assembly election results threw up a hung assembly in J&K with PDP emerging single largest party with 28 members followed by BhartiyaJanta Party’s 25. The National Conference and Congress bagged 15 and 12 seats respectively.

Sources privy to the developments said give the "vague scenario" which has come to the fore after the poll results, the PDP has decided to come up with an “agenda keeping in view peoples' aspirations” and put it before different political parties who are willing to come together with the party (PDP) to form the next government in J&K.

"The agenda will talk about the road ahead to achieve political stability in J&K and ensure its economic independence. There will be an emphasis on resuming the dialogue process between New Delhi and Islamabad for moving ahead on larger Kashmir issue and working towards achieving breakthrough on different contentious issues," sources revealed.

In this regard, the PDP has tasked an internal committee to frame the agenda which may also be made public before the party moves ahead on any possible alliance.

"We are for an inclusive government and welfare of all regions of the state. We also respect the mandate that Jammu has thrown up," said a senior party member. "Our larger concern is to take all the regions of the state along and address the political and economic aspirations."

Soon after the election results were out on Tuesday, the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said her party would explore "all options to choose the best possible one" for government formation which would take time.

On the same day, the outgoing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hinted at extending support to the PDP, saying the onus was on PDP to approach him. “I don't rule out or rule in anything thereafter,” he had said. 

Sources said on Thursday, the National Conference leadership reiterated the feeler to the PDP through a “common acquaintance.” They said the party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed "appreciated the gesture" of Omar and "assured to hold consultations within".

The PDP leader said the party, which started its electoral journey in 2002 and went on to become single-largest in J&K this election, has "all along stuck to its ideology which is its real force". He said no doubt the election results were not on the expected lines but "we are not in a rush".

"In a situation like this, what needs to be seen is how you emerge stronger in the long run," he said.