The structured dialogue couldn’t be started given Delhi elections and Rajya Sabha polls.
Admitting that its leadership at the Centre and the State were busy with Delhi elections and Rajya Sabha polls slated for February 7, BJP Friday asserted that formal discussion to give final push to the Common Minimum Program (CMP) will begin from February 8.
“The structured dialogue couldn’t be started given Delhi elections and Rajya Sabha polls,” BJP’s national executive member and MLA-elect Dr Nirmal Singh told Greater Kashmir.
He said formal dialogue with PDP would start from February 8 and the final announcement about the government formation will be made once the leaders of the two parties reach consensus on issues. “Though many things mentioned in CMP have been finalized, but there are some issues that need to be added in the CMP to give it a final shape,” he said.
Dr Singh said during the course of informal dialogue with PDP, many things have not only been discussed but settled as well. He said BJP leadership had been trying hard to ensure both the RS seats go into its kitty and at the same time two seats on which PDP is contesting are also secured. “I hope Congress-NC wins no seat,” he said.
Asked about the reports that the final announcement about the government formation was on cards by mid-February, Dr Singh said he was not sure about it. “Let the leaders of two parties talk first only then announcement would be made,” he said.
According to a senior BJP leader, the party chief Amit Shah has constituted a committee of six-members under the leadership of National General Secretary Ram Madhav with a couple of members from the JK, to hold formal dialogue with the PDP. Interestingly, Madhav has been authorized by Shah to hold talks with PDP. “From JK, the committee shall have BJP’s JK president Jugal Kishore and senior party leader Dr Nirmal Singh as its members while rest would from the Central leadership,” a source disclosed. In the course of informal talks, BJP agreed to shelve the contentious issue of Article 370 and that there can be a discussion on the issue of revocation of AFSPA.
BJP sources said that the party conveyed its apprehensions about phased-revocation of AFSPA and also on the issue of holding dialogue with Pakistan, two major conditions set by PDP for framing the CMP besides release of political prisoners.
BJP State Secretary (Organization) Ashok Koul said their priority is to ensure JK gets a stable government. “The leadership of both the parties would hammer out a common ground and accordingly final announcement about the government formation will be made,” he said. “There are a few issues where we must find out a solution.”
Pertinently, the informal dialogue between BJP and PDP leaders has been going on since December 23, when the results of Assembly elections threw up a hung-house.