PDP, BJP work out draft CMP

PDP, BJP work out draft CMP

According to sources, the draft CMP, touching the issues on which consensus was arrived at by both the parties through informal negotiations, is awaiting the PM’s green signal.

In a major development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) have worked out a draft Common Minimum Program (CMP) for a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. The draft has been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his approval.

According to sources, the draft CMP, touching the issues on which consensus was arrived at by both the parties through informal negotiations, is awaiting the PM’s green signal.

The PM’s nod will pave the way for start of structured dialogue process between the parties, they added.

“The final shape of CMP and other details of government formation would be taken up during formal dialogue process,” they added.

The two parties are inching closer to government formation in JK and have already entered into a tie-up for RajyaSabha polls scheduled on February 7. Both have fielded two candidates each as part of their unofficial pact on four RS seats.

On Wednesday, BJP’s Ram Madhav and PDP’s HaseebDrabu met Governer NN Vohra separately and informed him about progress in their talks.

Significantly, after the meetings, Raj Bhavan said Drabu apprised the Governor “about the realizations which have emerged from the PDP-BJP parleys on government formation which have been continuing for the past about a month and the broad contours of the matters being finalized in the coming days.”

In another release, the Raj Bhavan said during the one-hour long meeting Madhav informed the Governor “about the present status of the ongoing BJP-PDP discussions on the formation of an elected Government.”

Last week, PDP Chief Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had disclosed that his party was holding negotiations with BJP on government formation.

“The two parties are involved in track-two dialogue. Once the ground is clear for formulating a Common Minimum Programme and consensus evolved on core issues, we will move forward with structured dialogue. Depending upon the areas of convergence, a coalition would be formed on the basis of Common Minimum Programme,” Mufti had said.

BJP chief Amit Shah had also made similar assertions, saying the PDP-BJP government would run on the basis of CMP.

Currently Jammu and Kashmir is under Governor’s Rule since January 8 after 17-day stalemate over government formation post Assembly election results.

The results declared on December 23 threw up a fractured mandate with PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 seats followed closely by BJP with 25 seats. The National Conference bagged 15 seats while Congress ended up with 12 seats. Others bagged seven seats including two by SajjadLone’s Peoples Conference.