Delhi verdict to have no impact on govt formation in JK: BJP

Delhi verdict to have no impact on govt formation in JK: BJP

There was a consensus that Delhi poll verdict should not in any way hamper the process of giving the people of JK a stable government

After a major jolt in New Delhi in the form of Aam Admi Party’s (AAP’s) clean sweep, BJP leaders said the Delhi verdict shall have no impact on government formation in JK but “they won’t jump for it.” 

BJP high command had summoned top leaders of the party from JK— Jugal Kishore, Dr Nirmal Singh and Ashok Koul for devising a strategy before starting formal parleys with the PDP.

“Yes, there was a discussion, rather threadbare deliberations on the issue of government formation in JK. There was a consensus that Delhi poll verdict should not in any way hamper the process of giving the people of JK a stable government,” said one of the BJP leaders, present in the meet, wishing anonymity.

Sources privy to the meeting said national secretaries of BJP attended the meeting given the fact party chief Amit Shah is busy with his daughter’s marriage while party general secretary Ram Madhav is on London sojourn. “There was a discussion on the recent poll results of Rajya Sabha elections in JK. Besides, the participants discussed the formation of government in JK. Many leaders expressed their views that the verdict thrown up by the AAP in Delhi should not hamper government formation in JK,” the sources said.

BJP’s State Secretary (Organization) Ashok Koul, who was also present in the meeting said the issue of government formation was discussed and it was decided that every step would be taken after thorough deliberations. “I think we will move forward towards government formation within next couple of days,” Koul told Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi.

He said BJP has accepted the results of Delhi polls and top leadership especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. “I don’t think there is any link between Delhi polls and JK government formation,” Koul said.

Sources said the government formation in JK is likely to be delayed for obvious reasons as the BJP is yet to strike a chord with PDP over certain contentious issues. “Though the BJP has already shelved most controversial issue like rolling back of Article 370, yet issues like AFSPA revocation, holding talks with Pakistan and release of political prisoners continue to be bone of contention,” they said.