BJP leaders say 'no issues' with PDP, but desire rotational CM

BJP leaders say 'no issues' with PDP, but desire rotational CM

Core Group meets in New Delhi, discusses JK government formation

New Delhi/Jammu, Jan 5: The Core Group of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which met at New Delhi on Monday afternoon did not oppose the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forming the next government in Jammu and Kashmir but disagreed with the party giving up its claim on the Chief Minister’s post, Greater Kashmir learnt.

“Regarding alliance with the PDP, there was no opposition from the members who attended the meeting, but they were also not in favor of the party giving up its claim on the Chief Minister’s post,” a senior BJP leader said.

He said the members wanted the Chief Minister’s post to be shifted on rotational basis, even if that means in the second half of the government’s 6-year tenure.

A member who attended the meeting said there was a “unanimous sense” in the meeting that the party must not compromise on the CM’s post while negotiating with the PDP on government formation.

He said, “Although other issues were also discussed thoroughly in the meeting, the issue of Chief Minister remained the focal point.”

Sources said it was also observed in the meeting that the party was in no hurry to form the government.

It was reliably learnt that the Core Group members from J&K put forth their point of view and suggestions “which the party took on board.”