J&K POLITICS: Goodbye BJP, Hello Congress?

Srinagar, January 04: As J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at present is off duty for being unwell and is going through treatment in AIIMS at New Delhi, various political parties are trying to seize the opportunity in their own ways.

On one hand, BJP putting forth new conditions for the change in guard in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress has started sending feelers to People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that it can say goodbye to BJP and join hands with the Congress if the need arises, the sources said.

If sources are to be believed, PDP leaders have had a meeting with  a few congress leaders behind closed door. The congress leaders have assured PDP that if need arises, the party will come forward in support  PDP since the new conditions being put forward by BJP for the change of Guard are not liked by PDP.

The sources further said that the congress don’t want to loose any chance to come in the power for the fact that if it stays away from power for the next five years then chances of party getting revived in JK are minimal. Pertinently, the party had won just 12 seats in the 2014 Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the leaders of PDP have maintained that there is going to be no change of guard with a statement, ” CM is recovering and there is no need to panic. At the most we may need a caretaker CM at place till Mufti Sayeed recovers.”

The leader has also claimed that they have held a threadbare discussions with BJP Central leadership before joining hands with BJP for coalition and there is no threat to the PDP-BJP coalition in the state. He said that the party is least concerned  with the wishes and demands of the local BJP leaders.

The party has also asked the local leaders to act responsibly and do not make the people feel that there is any threat to coalition by spreading rumours. However, the sources also suggest that the party has also not rejected the offer from congress but it has been conveyed to the congress party leadership that it is not an appropriate time to discuss this.