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Mehbooba meets Guv, keeps suspense alive

Mehbooba Mufti made three important statements in her interaction with media – one she sang paeans to the policies of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and criticised present Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda in the same breath; two she said that media reports tell her that she support of 55 MLAs, indicating towards a possible alliance with the National Conference and the Congress; and three she said government formation was not her prime responsibility.

Mehbooba said that her meeting with Vohra was informal in the wake a “decisive but divided mandate” thrown up by the recent Assembly polls.

While the PDP leader gave hint that her party was not averse to joining hands with BJP and invoked Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying it is not possible till Vajpayeeji’s political process vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir is taken forward. However, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “dream” of development and addressing the problem of unemployment in Jammu & Kashmir, the PDP leader said there cannot be “development till there is peace on the ground.”

Mehbooba also said that priority of PDP was not to cobble up a majority for the sake of forming a government adding the new government should respect the mandate of the people. She said that PDP has got “majority” in Kashmir valley while BJP has got “majority” in Jammu region and all this needs to be taken into consideration while the formation of the New Government.

Taking these as positive signs emerging from PDP over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP general Secretary Ram Madhav said that BJP appreciates Mehbooba Mufti’s gesture but said that it is awaiting the formal initiation of dialogue with it. BJP delegation is scheduled to meet the governor on Thursday to discuss the issue.

National Conference spokesman Junaid Matto has questioned the delaying tactics of the Peoples Democratic Party in formation of the Government . He said that PDP should come forward and form the Government as National Conference and Congress have offered unconditional support to PDP for the formation of the Government. In another development , three MLAs elected in the recently held elections MYTarigami, Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen and Engineer Abdul Rashid have reiterated their firm support to any non-BJP alliance.
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