Govt formation: BJP-PDP alliance in the offing

Govt formation: BJP-PDP alliance in the offing

Sources said the two parties have sorted out a number of issues, paving way for a coalition government in the state.

The stalemate over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to see an end as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) are set to announce the alliance anytime soon.

According to sources, discussions on the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) between the two parties have already been held “in a positive manner” and “if things go well, the announcement on alliance would be made shortly.”

Sources said the two parties have sorted out a number of issues, paving way for a coalition government in the state.

The BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav held a closed-door meeting with the party legislators in Jammu on Wednesday, informing them about the “outcome of the BJP’s talks with the PDP.”

“Madhav also confirmed BJP’s official support to PDP candidates in the RajyaSabha polls and asked the MLAs to vote according to the party whip,” they said.

Meanwhile, a three-member delegation of BJP comprising Ram Madhav, state president Jugal Kishore and Nirmal Singh met Governor N N Vohra at Raj Bhavan.

A Raj Bhawan spokesman said the BJP leaders, during the one-hour meeting, “apprised the Governor about present status of ongoing BJP-PDP discussions on government formation.”

Later Kishore told reporters that “for the first time BJP is very close to becoming a part of government in Jammu and Kashmir.”

He said, “We informed Governor that discussion with PDP is going in full momentum and in a very positive direction.”

However, he said there was no specific timeframe to announce the alliance.

“We are right now concentrating on RajyaSabha polls and will not set any time frame to announce the alliance,” he added.

On RajyaSabha seat sharing, he said, “It’s quite obvious; if we are fighting on two seats and leaving two for someone, we must have reached an understanding and hopefully our alliance (BJP-PDP) will win all four seats.”

Meanwhile, Dr. HaseebDrabu, PDP MLA from Rajpora Constituency, called on Governor NN Vohra here and apprised him about the “realizations which have emerged from the PDP-BJP parleys on government formation which have been continuing for the past about a month and the broad contours of the matters being finalized in the coming days.”

Earlier, PDP’s chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, accompanying the party candidates for RS polls Nazir Ahmed Laway and Fayaz Ahmed Mir for filing their nominations, said his party was “near to arrive at a consensus over Common Minimum Programme (CMP) with BJP.”

“We have already openly admitted our seat sharing arrangement with the BJP for RajyaSabha elections and if everything goes well, this will create a level of comfort between the two parties,” he told reporters. 

He said, “The next government will be formed on the basis of a CMP. Some distance has been covered; We (BJP and PDP) are arriving at a consensus.” “There is a need for structured dialogue, which will not take long,” he said.

Earlier, on January 24, PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed confirmed talks with BJP saying, “Track-II dialogue with BJP over the formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir is in progress.”

In the Assembly election results last month, the PDP emerged as the single largest party bagging 28 seats in the 87-member House, followed by BJP with 25 seats. The National Conference won 15 seats and the Congress 12.

The fractured mandate and delay over power sharing agreement between the BJP and the PDP led to Governor’s Rule in the state on January 8.