Chances of BJP-PDP govt in J&K dim as Mehbooba, Amit Shah meeting fails to end impasse

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If latest indications are to be believed then the chances of forming a coalition government in J&K are receding every hour as BJP has refused to accept what it calls fresh conditions being put forward by the PDP. Although the PDP has claimed that it has not put any new conditions but BJP leaders said that despite Mehbooba Mufti meeting top party leaders including party chief Amit Shah in Delhi no way could be found out to form the government.

With nothing happening between the BJP and PDP, it is being said that Mehbooba might return from Delhi empty handed unless her party shows some flexibility. In fact the chief architect of the previous coalition, Ram Madhav also said that there was no movement towards government formation despite talks and stalemate persisted.

The differences in the two parties are due to the fact that BJP wants mutually agreed Agenda of Alliance to be sole basis of the government formation whereas PDP led by Mehbooba Mufti is asking for timelines, new assurances and promises from the BJP at centre. PDP though maintains that it wants only what was agreed in the Agenda but despite the public posturing both the parties have kept the state on tenterhooks.

BJP ideologue Ram Madhav however made it clear that new conditions could not be set for forming an alliance government. He also said that there was no change in situation, and both parties were sticking to their stands. The BJP leadership said that the only change in state was death of Mufti Sayeed and it was now upon PDP to elect a leader, and form government.

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