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Jharkhand gets its CM, J&K waits

As senior BJP leader Raghubar Das took oath as the chief minster of Jharkhand on Sunday, stalemate continued on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir on the sixth day with no clarity on the political plan of action in the state. Prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were unable to attend Das’ swearing-in ceremony, due to dense fog in the Capital, forcing them to cancel their visit to Jharkhand.

Meanwhile, in Jammu and Kashmir there was nothing concrete happening even as back door talks between leaders of various parties are underway. Looking for the “best deal”, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asserted that it was in no hurry to enter an alliance either with BJP at the cost of its ideology, or go with National Conference (NC) against the aspirations of people of the state. 

Reiterating that the party was looking at implications of  possible alliance options, PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar said, “In this scenario, our party wants to go ahead with due deliberations within the party and then decide the best deal for the state, a deal which would enable it to deliver both on political and developmental fronts.”

Reportedly the continuing political stalemate over  government formation in the state might force imposition of Governor’s rule by January 20, 2015 when the Assembly will get automatically dissolved after the end of its six year term. While exploring the prospects of forging an alliance with the BJP, PDP has reportedly sought assurances from BJP on certain issues mainly safeguarding Article 370 and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

“It is not a question of forming a government only, the party will take its own time in deciding what is best for Jammu and Kashmir,” said Naeem Akhtar adding that PDP also does not seem enthused to the option of a “grand alliance” with NC as it had created a mess in the state during its six-year rule.
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