LC Polls: BJP-PDP tread cautious path

LC Polls:  BJP-PDP tread cautious path

The PDP President and MP Mehbooba Mufti is presently in New Delhi to monitor the dialogue on the government formation as well as LC polls.

The two prospective political allies – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janta Party – are formulating a strategy to secure maximum seats in the Legislative Council elections, slated to be held on March 2.

 

After losing one Rajya Sabha seat to National Conference (NC) and Congress coalition recently, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have reportedly asked the special emissaries to rope in the independents who would once again play a crucial role in the forthcoming LC polls.

 

Sources told Greater Kashmir 2-member BJP state team, state unit president and Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma and National Executive Member and MLA Billawar Dr Nirmal Singh, have rushed to   Delhi to hold talks with PDP’s top leadership over the issue. 

 

The PDP President and MP Mehbooba Mufti is presently in New Delhi to monitor the dialogue on the government formation as well as LC polls.

 

They said the BJP state unit leader would be holding brief meeting with Ram Madhav National General Secretary (Organization) and J&K unit in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna and discuss the issue. 

 

The two parties are devising a strategy to win maximum seats in the upcoming LC elections. “The seat sharing formula is being devised and it was most likely that both the parties will get equal number like that in RS polls, held recently”, sources said.

 

It was also learnt that the parties are expediting the process for government formation in run up to the LC polls.

 

“Government formation before LC polls is the only way to ensure that the parties do not face Rajya Sabha election like situation where Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress party managed to secure his win with the help of three independent candidates from Kashmir,” sources claimed.

 

They said that as of now, BJP- PDP combine would be in a position to win nine seats comfortably with its strength of 57 members out of total 87.

 

If government takes shape before March 2 the alliance can nominate two women MLAs to the Assembly, who also have the right to cast votes for the Legislative Council elections, adding to the number of coalition candidates.

 

“With the addition of two nominated MLAs the PDP-BJP coalition can win 10 seats”.