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After PDP’s tacit support, Shah takes stock of govt formation options

Soon after PDP’s ‘conditional support’ to BJP, party chief Amit Shah called up seven senior party leaders from the valley and held a marathon meeting in the national capital on Monday to explore the second ‘viable’ option of Omar’s NC.

State party president, Jugal Kishore said, “We don’t want to take any decision in haste, we want an alliance which will be stable for six years. All options are open and a decision will be taken soon.” The others who attended the meeting are Dr. Nirmal Kamal, Samsher Singh Manhas, Dr. Nirmal Singh etc.

Shah on Friday said that talks are on with both parties (PDP and NC). The Governor has set January 19 as a deadline for government formation in the state. It was learnt that PDP made a suggestion to have a Chief Minister on rotation al basis from both the parties, which was ‘out rightly’ rejected by Shah.

“The reason is if something controversially happen during PDP term then the onus will be on us after the end of rotation term. We do not want to have such complex agreement. This cannot work on long term,” a party sources said, while adding that, “NC jyada achha hoga (NC would be better).” On the context of NC, he said, “Under the present crises, we can see NC as a comfortable alliance. If we go ahead with the NC, it will solve the crises over the CM post, which will be chaired by someone from the BJP being the second largest party in the state. We can offer them (NC) other dignified posts in the ministries and things will hopefully be less complicated as compare to having an alliance with the PDP.”

When asked how they will deal with ‘conditional support’ on the issues of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA, he said ,  talk with Kashmiri separatists and the promise that Article 370, which grants special status to J&K will not be revoked, , “They want the revocation of the Act. But it is a fact that such issue was dealt at the central level by the home affairs ministry. We will keep such issue aside before going for an alliance with NC, PDP or others.”

Speaking to the Millennium Post over telephone PDP’s chief spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar said, “We are ready for a conditional agreement with the BJP on government formation.” While placing the ball on BJP’s court, he said, “Our aim is to have an alliance keeping the sentiments of the former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s vision alive. Now it is time for the BJP to take call.”

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