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PDP, BJP seal J&K deal, Mufti to be CM

PDP, BJP seal J&K deal, Mufti to be CM
According to the agreement reached between the two parties, the PDP will get the chief minister’s post while a BJP leader (most probably Nirmal Singh) will be made the Deputy Chief Minister.

PDP veteran Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who is likely to be the next Jammu and Kashmir CM, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the next few days to finalise a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to be shared by the two allies, said sources . For almost a month, the BJP and the PDP had been working on the CMP, which includes controversial issues like Article 370, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Uniform Civil Code.

Jammu and Kashmir elected a hung Assembly after the votes of the five-phased election were counted on December 23 last year, with the PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member House. The BJP emerged as the second largest party with 25 seats, followed by the National Conference at 15 and Congress with 12. Smaller parties and independents had won seven seats. 

Last week, Sayeed had asserted that the two parties will work “shoulder-to-shoulder” to provide the people of Jammu and Kashmir with good governance. There would be structured dialogue between leaders of the two parties and discussions would be held on the issues to finalise up on a Common Minimum Programme before forming the government, he had said. “Both (parties) will work together based on issues. We will work shoulder-to-shoulder so that we can give people a good government,” he added.

The Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state on January 9, a day after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah asked Governor NN Vohra to relieve him of the duties of caretaker Chief Minister with immediate effect.
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