Another PDP-BJP Coalition Govt in J&K on Cards? Senior leaders meet Ram Madhav

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Jammu and Kashmir unit’s BJP president Ravinder Raina and former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh Wednesday met state’s party-in-charge Ram Madhav to discuss the situation following the imposition of the governor’s rule, sources said.

The meeting assumes significance as there were reports of a few PDP MLAs openly rebelling against the party supremo and former state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

These MLAs have also indicated of supporting the BJP to form an alternative government, as per the reports.

On June 19, the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. Announcing the decision, Madhav had said that it was becoming untenable for the party to continue with its ally in the state.

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The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has 87 members, and the People’s Democratic Party is the single largest party with 28 MLAs, followed by the BJP with 25, JKNC with 15 and the Congress has 12 MLAs.

For any party to form a government in the state, it must have support of at least 44 MLAs.

Three of the PDP MLAs raised banner of revolt against Mufti, blaming her for the collapse of the coalition government. Influential Shia leader and former minister Imran Ansari called Mufti “incompetent” and accused her of nepotism. He said that the People’s Democratic Party has become “Family Democratic Party”.

Speaking to News 18, former deputy CM Kavinder Gupta Gupta didn’t rule out that the BJP was willing to form a new government. He, however, rubbished reports of the saffron party poaching rebel PDP MLAs. “The party is not in touch with any of PDP MLAs. If we had to indulge in horse-trading, why would we have quit the government?” he asked.