Structured dialogue with BJP soon: PDP

Structured dialogue with BJP soon: PDP

The party also said it was still holding informal parleys with the BJP and that “formal structured dialogue” would take place in presence of leaders of both sides in next few days.

A day after the BJP asserted that the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) can’t be revoked as it may prove counterproductive, the PDP Thursday said “it doesn’t want Kashmir to be ruled by military laws.”

The party also said it was still holding informal parleys with the BJP and that “formal structured dialogue” would take place in presence of leaders of both sides in next few days.

“We don’t want J&K to be ruled by military laws,” PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akther told Greater Kashmir. “We want the State to reap the benefits of democracy like any other State of the country. The people of J&K must have access to everything and there should be no discrimination on any front.”

BJP’s State Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Koul Wednesday said AFSPA can’t be revoked in a phased manner as the move “would prove counterproductive” and “the areas where from the act would be lifted may become a safe haven for militants.”

On talks with the BJP, Akther stated they were still holding informal talks. “There is no timeline or deadline. We don’t want to put the issues in the public domain. The formal structured dialogue will take place soon when leaders of both the parties would sit on the table.”

He said serious discussions are on at present. 

Asked whether the PDP has constituted the committee of members on formal talks with the BJP, Akther said it would be done soon.

A senior PDP leader, wishing not to be named, said that final breakthrough may happen by mid-February. “The announcement on government formation may be made by February 15. At present, the two sides are discussing the Common Minimum Program (CMP),” he said. “Most of the terms have been discussed and accordingly settled while a few issues are under discussion.”

Interestingly, the BJP has admitted that PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed would head the State for six years while the deputy chief minister would be from the BJP. The party has also admitted that it has “shelved controversial issues like Article 370.”

Pertinently, the assembly election results declared on December 23 threw up a hung-house with PDP bagging 28 seats, BJP 25, National Conference 15 and Congress 12. The rest of the seats went to others.