After getting a drubbing in the assembly polls in New Delhi, the BJP top brass has decided to ink the pact on the government formation with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without any further delay and to begin with the party would set the ball on formal talks rolling by shelving all the major controversial issues, sources told Greater Kashmir on Thursday.
The BJP leaders in New Delhi candidly admitted that they won’t enter into serious debate with the PDP and the party’s sole aim is to ensure that stable government is put in place in JK as soon as possible.
“You will get a government very soon. May be before February 25,” a top BJP leader told Greater Kashmir. “We are finalizing the Common Minimum Program (CMP) and we have shelved all the controversial issues, including Article 370, as respecting mandate is our priority.
BJP’s deputy chief ministerial candidate and the party’s national executive member, Dr Nirmal Singh, who had been camping in New Delhi, admitted that things are going in the right direction. “CMP will be finalized during the formal talks within a few days and soon we will have the stable government in place,” he said. Dr Singh hinted that the two parties are in close contact and the final announcement about government formation would be made within next few days.
He said all the “major things” between BJP and PDP have been settled.
BJP insiders asserted that the central leadership of the party had unanimously decided not to waste further time.
“BJP has agreed not to make Article 370 part of its joint CMP with PDP, while the party has agreed to discuss the issue of revocation of AFSPA after involving all the stakeholders, especially the army,” a BJP insider said. “Plus the BJP has also agreed to release the prisoners against whom there are no serious charges. The BJP leaders have also agreed to take up the issue of return of power projects with the NHPC.”
BJP’s JK chief Jugal Kishore is already in Delhi to be part of the formal negotiations with the PDP. “State leadership is the part of the team constituted by our central leadership for holding formal talks with the PDP. I think the left-over issues will be settled in a few days and we will set the new government rolling in the coming week,” said senior BJP leader and party’s State General Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Koul.
Sources said the BJP team comprises Dr Singh, Kishore, Koul, MP Shamsher Singh and few leaders from the central leadership.
The team will be headed by party’s National General Secreary Ram Madhav, who however, is currently on London sojourn.
“The BJP will try to finalise things in three meetings after which the PDP leadership will meet the BJP’s top brass, Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendera Modi,” said a source, privy to the development. “All the negotiations will take place in New Delhi and will remain a secret till formal announcement would be made.”
The PDP has also constituted a six-member team for holding formal talks with the BJP.