By Sheikh Qayoom
Jammu/Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti’s hardening of stand and seeking “confidence-building measures” from the centre has made the task of forming a new government in Jammu and Kashmir an uphill task.
Those thinking of alternate alliances to avoid mid-term elections in the state have also thrown up their hands, not exactly helping resolve the political gridlock.
Both the opposition National Conference (NC) and the Congress have ruled out any role in forming the new government.
“We are out. We will not support or align with any political combination to claim power in the state. We are not mandated to do so,” said a senior NC leader on speculation about BJP feelers after the PDP’s hardening of stand on government formation.
Mehbooba Mufti had earlier sought assurances from the centre on time-bound implementation of the agenda the PDP and the Bharatiya Janata Party alliance had workedd out.
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“It is not a question of PDP and the BJP. The Centre must take confidence-building measures (CBMs) to address the peculiar problems faced by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,” the PDP president told the media after meeting with Governor N.N. Vohra in Jammu on Tuesday.
Mehbooba, however did not say the BJP-PDP alliance was over but only that “the alliance between the two parties has an agenda; we only want its implementation”.
“Nothing has been heard from Delhi thereafter. Not even a phone call. How can she, under these circumstances, face the people as the chief minister,” remarked a former PDP minister.
On the other hand, the BJP says 10 months is too short a period to revist the alliance agenda.
“The PDP itself has called the agenda a sacred document. How can a sacred document be revisited in just 10 months? We are committed to its implementation in letter and spirit, but trying to mount pressure on us by continuing the present uncertainty is expecting the impossible,” a senior BJP leader said in Jammu.
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