BJP seeks 10 days to decide, says ‘Agenda of Alliance’ final

Indicating no end in sight to the ongoing political stalemate in Jammu and Kashmir, the BharatiyaJanata Party on Tuesday said it has sought 10 days from Governor N N Vohra to decide on government formation in the State.
BJP seeks 10 days to decide, says ‘Agenda of Alliance’ final
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Indicating no end in sight to the ongoing political stalemate in Jammu and Kashmir, the BharatiyaJanata Party on Tuesday said it has sought 10 days from Governor N N Vohra to decide on government formation in the State. The party said it hasn't received any fresh demand in writing from the PDP, saying the Agenda of Alliance inked last year was "final."

Soon after meeting the Governor this evening, former Deputy Chief Minister DrNirmal Singh—flanked by BJP president Sat Sharma—told reporters that the party has sought 10 days from Vohra to decide on government formation. "Yesterday a party delegation called on the central leadership and apprised them about the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir. All is well with the former coalition partners in J&K. As far as 'our stand' on government formation is concerned, we have sought 8 to 10 days from Governor N N Vohra to respond to his communiqué we received yesterday," he told reporters here.

The Governor had yesterday sent two separate letters to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and BJP president Sat Sharma to clear their stand on government formation.

Asked whether the party held any meeting with PDP or its leadership regarding the political stalemate, Singh said: "PDP is yet to elect its Legislative Party Leader after the demise of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, so we cannot hold any meeting with them. As and when they will elect their leader and give us a signal on government formation, we will also think over it."

On PDP's stand that the "Agenda of Alliance" has not been implemented in 'letter and spirit' in the past 10 months, Singh said the party is "assessing the progress achieved in implementation of the Agenda."

"BJP has not been intimated by the PDP on any lapse in implementation of the Agenda of Alliance," he said.

On Mehbooba Mufti's demand for J&K-specific Confidence Building Measures before government formation, Singh said: "Everything is written in Agenda of Alliance and it will be implemented as such."

The BJP leader said the 'Agenda' was signed by the former coalition partners for six years and will remain in force for the same time period.  

To a question if PDP asks for a political package or "pressurizes" BJP to talk to separatists on Kashmir issue, Singh said: "Neither PDP nor BJP is ready to talk something which is not listed in the Agenda of Alliance."

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