BJP wants one more cabinet seat in J&K


Jammu and Kashmir

JAMMU, Mar 30: Where the two alliance partners PDP and BJP have together staked-claim in the formation of Government before the State Governor, N N Vohra on March 26, sharing of portfolios between the two coalition partners is constantly delaying the oath taking ceremony. According to sources, BJP is demanding more Ministries in the state cabinet.

The BJP Core Group which met yesterday has again reiterated this demand and conveyed the same to PDP High Command.

After March 26, the Leader of BJP Legislature Party, Dr Nirmal Singh handed over the letter of support of his Party to Governor in presence of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti who staked her Party’s claim to form the Government in the State

Sources said that BJP has conveyed its decision to PDP through Party interlocutors and they are hopeful that PDP will also respond in a positive way. The BJP in lieu of Chief Ministerial post wants that Party be given some more Ministries and it also wants to head six out of eight portfolios.

Sources said BJP has decided not to budge from its stand on the two demands and Party wants that it should get one more Ministry than what was held by it during the tenure of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in compensation to giving away the Chief Minister’s position.

Sources said that BJP senior leader and Prabhari, Avinash Rai Khanna on the directives of Party High Command is arriving here today to take stock of the situation arising after the BJP’s fresh demand.

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