Meeting with PM Modi positive: Mehbooba

Jaitley says PDP chief needs to make up her mind on coalition

“The meeting was very positive. When you meet the prime minister, it means the issues regarding problems of the people are discussed and positive decisions taken,” Mehbooba told reporters after over half-an-hour discussions with with Modi.

Asked if she would be sworn in soon as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba replied, “I have been authorised to take the final call on government formation and hold discussions regarding the issue by the party’s legislature party.”

“We are holding a legislature party meeting on March 24 (Thursday). The final announcement would be made there.”

Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 7 in a Delhi hospital and the state came under Governor’s Rule.

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The PDP and BJP formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir in March 2015 after assembly elections threw up a fractured mandate.

Mehbooba has been dragging her feet over government formation in the state after her father’s death, and refused to take oath as the new chief minister till several demands made by the PDP were met by the BJP-led central government.


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