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PDP does the poll math, BJP rushes to governor

With the move of a grand alliance between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Congress and the National Conference to form the next government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) gaining steam, a delegation of BJP leaders rushed to meet the Governor on Tuesday. According to well-placed sources, BJP state president Jugal Kishore and national general secretary Ram Madhav met Governor NN Vohra and ‘filed a caveat’ to not take a decision till he meets the BJP delegation on January 1.

Later addressing a press conference in Jammu, Jugal Kishore said that the State unit of the party was waiting for the party high command to take a final call on the issue of government formation and to decide whether BJP would go for government formation on its own or would participate in or support any other formation in the coming days.

He further stated that a grand alliance of PDP-NC-Congress tantamount to a betrayal of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, adding that only BJP could provide a stable government. He further stated that he would be meeting the Governor on January 1again and Tuesday’s meeting with the Governor can be seen as a part of the ongoing process of government formation in the state.

Sharma said, the BJP was holding discussion with all  stakeholders and has kept all options open in a bid to form the next government. Meanwhile, all eyes are now on the scheduled meeting of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti with Governor NN Vohra in Jammu on Wednesday though her party has admitted that no headway had been made so far in  government formation in Jammu and Kashmir because of a fractured mandate by the people. A large section in the PDP have expressed their uneasiness in entering into an alliance with the BJP.  This would not go down well with their voters, they told party bosses. The J&K poll math keeps getting trickier.
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