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BJP to form J&K govt with PDP soon, decision likely after RS polls

Party sources said the decision will be finalised soon after the elections for the four Rajya Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir, scheduled for February 7 are held. The last date for filing the nominations is January 28.

“After series of meetings it is now being decided that we will form the government with PDP and not with the NC. It is also for sure that there will be no re-polling in the state as government formation is inevitable,” a senior state BJP member told Millennium Post over the phone.

On the context of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Article 370, he said, “Both the parties have more or less agreed to a common point over the issues, which were causing hurdles in government formation.”

It was learnt that PDP, the single largest party, and the BJP are sure of one seat each, with a contest for the other two, one of which could go to the National Conference and the Congress.

With the current political developments in the valley and differences between the Congress and NC, fate of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is going to retire as a Rajya Sabha member on February 10, hangs in balance. Party sources said, “The central leadership is fully involved in the Delhi Election and now the focus is more on the national capital. Once election in Delhi will be over, government formation in J&K will happen soon.”

Earlier, on January 8, in a bizarre move, despite having 11 days in forming the government in Jammu and Kashmir (January 19), Governor’s rule was imposed in the state.

Then the move was apparently an attempt to create pressure among the political parties to form a ‘conducive alliance’ to govern the valley.

Ever since the ‘fractured’ poll result was announced in the state on December 23, no political parties manage to reach an agreement over government formation. With no one willing to walk together on certain issues and in the midst of Abdullah’s refusal to act as a caretaker CM, the Governor has sent a proposal to the Centre, which was agreed.

On December 23, the NC had offered support to the PDP, which has 28 MLAs but it was not accepted by PDP.

PDP emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats in the recently concluded state elections which threw up a hung Assembly. BJP won 25 seats in the 87-member house while NC and Congress bagged 15 and 12 seats respectively.

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