Distribution of important cabinet portfolios between the BJP, and PDP is once again delaying the formation of government with the former insisting in getting at lease one heavy weight ministry in the state government. The BJP knows that unless it gets Home or Finance it is unlikely that the party will have much say in the coalition government. The PDP on the other hand wants to drive this partnership, and is not willing to concede much to the saffron party. Even more than that PDP does not want to look like it is making concessions to the BJP which would annoy the Muslim supporters in Kashmir valley.
The BJP also does not want to look like a loser in the tussle because it has already agreed to the key demand of a PDP CM for the entire tenure. In return the party knows it has got a ceremonial post of the Deputy CM, and if it is not able get an equal share in power then it’s supporters in Jammu would not only be annoyed but they might punish the party for abandoning their cause. The BJP should not forget the results in Delhi, and instead of indulging political grandstanding should take into account the local issues, and problems being faced by it’s voters, and remain firm on equitable distribution of power in the proposed government. Sources meanwhile tell that PDP is insisting that it will have al the important and key ministries, and BJP will have to be happy with minor portfolios but this tactic of the Kashmir based party is not getting down the throat of the BJP leaders, who want an equal share in power. PDP’s contention is that even Congress in an earlier coalition were happy with minor portfolios.
The PDP while not ready to be an equal partner is harping on the idea of delivering good governance. How an unequal partnership can do this the party has no idea. PDP patron Mufti Sayeed has said that BJP, and PDP are talking about developing J&K as a model of good governance. Mufti says that the Indian government has to engage with people of the state, and people have shown their will to engage with democracy. There is need to enagage with different voice, and also those who are dissenting. But the problem is that Mufti’s audience remains the people of Kashmir, and he is little worried about the dissent and dissonance in Jammu region. For him Kashmiris are the permanent victims, and they need all kinds of support while the rest of the state needs to tag along. The differences between the two parties are known but Mufti wants that the Muslim identity of the state should be preserved which is again a pointer that the politics of soft separatism would be in direct conflict with unitarianism of BJP. While PDP is worried about the alienated people of Kashmir, it needs to show concern for the people of Jammu who are equally opposed to the present political alignment.