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Govt formation gains momentum in J&K, PDP seeks assurances from BJP

PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s meeting with Governor NN Vohra two days back was an important step towards government formation in the state, a senior PDP leader said on condition of anonymity.

“Obviously, Government formation has been discussed by our party leader ..... there are certain issues on which the PDP needs assurances from the BJP. Once we are satisfied on that count, a new dispensation will be in place,” he added.

Formation of government in the state has acquired a sense of urgency in view of the upcoming Rajya Sabha bypolls which will decide, among others, the fate of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition from the Congress in the Upper House.

In Delhi, BJP President Amit Shah said no government will be possible in J-K without the BJP.

“At one time, we could never cross 12 seats in the Assembly. But this time, we have won 25 seats. Because of the unusual political situation, we could not form the government but the results show that no government can be formed without us,” he said while addressing party workers.

In Srinagar, the PDP leader said, “The upcoming Rajya Sabha polls are going to force the pace of talks with the BJP for government formation and a new dispensation is likely to be in place by the day of voting on February 7.”  Election Commission of India last week announced that the election for four Rajya Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir will be held on February 7.

The results of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on December 23 threw up a hung assembly with PDP emerging as the single largest party bagging 28 seats. BJP came close second with 25 seats while National Conference bagged 15 seats followed by Congress with 12 seats and others winning seven seats.

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