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PDP, BJP call on J&K guv, inch closer to government formation

They briefed about progress in talks between them as they prepared for a tie-up in the coming Rajya Sabha elections.

PDP MLA Haseeb Drabu, the interlocutor with the BJP on talks for government formation, met the Governor who earlier received a BJP delegation headed by party’s General Secretary Ram Madhav, the party’s main manager in the state. Significantly after the meetings, Raj Bhavan issued a statement which said Drabu apprised the Governor “about the realisations which have emerged from the PDP-BJP parleys on government formation which have been continuing for the past about a month and the broad contours of the matters being finalised in the coming days.”

In another release, the Raj Bhavan said during the one-hour long meeting Madhav informed the Governor “about the present status of the ongoing BJP-PDP discussions on the formation of an elected Government.”He was accompanied by state BJP President Jugal Kishore and party MLA Nirmal Singh.    

While Drabu declined to speak to the media, Madhav told reporters that “a structured dialogue would be started soon. We are working for ground work in that direction. After that is completed, structured dialogue would be started. It takes some more time to complete the process.”

“Our talks are going on with PDP. There is progress in the talks. There is need to deliberate on two-three issues between the parties, which need a clearance on ideological front. After that we will come to a conclusion. We feel that we will reach a stage soon to be able to give a stable government but do not ask me about the issues,” he said.

In the highly-fractured verdict, PDP emerged as the single largest party with 28 MLAs followed closely by BJP with 25. National Conference ended up with a tally of 15 while Congress got 12 seats. In the 87-member House, two seats each went to People’s Conference and Jammu And Kashmir People Democratic Front (Secular), three independents and one to CPM.

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