Mehbooba to meet Amit Shah at 4 today to seal the deal; Govt likely on March 1


The government in Jammu and Kashmir that is to be headed by Mufti Mohammed Syed, is likely to be sworn in on March 1. The talks that have taken a considerably long time are on the verge of getting concluded including the sensitive issues of Article 370 and AFSPA.

To put a seal on the formality of making a alliance with the BJP, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is likely to meet BJP president Amit Shah today at 4pm. It is noteworthy that the formal alliance is to be made after a seven-week long discussion period.

PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Syed is to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week after the conclusion of the meeting between Mehbooba Mufti and Amit Shah today. The swearing-in ceremony is to be held on March 1, sources said.

Mufti Mohammed Syed is going to be the CM, while Nirmal Singh of the BJP is going to be the Deputy-CM for the term of the government in the state. Syed has headed a coalition government with Congress in the past as well.

Sources privy to the conversations have maintained that there are barely any chances of last miute hiccups now that the deal is sealed. The Common Minimum Program (CMP) is to be released after Mufti Syed will meet the Prime Minister. So far both the parties have kept the CMP under the wraps keeping in view the sensitivity that revolves around Article 370 and AFSPA.

It is being hoped that the CMP will also touch upon the families of the West Pakistan Refugees as this has been a strong demand of the BJP. Mufti Mohammed Syed had recently made a statement to provide citizenship rights to WPRs on humanitarian grounds.

PDP is to get the portfolios of Finance and Home while the BJP is expected to receive Tourism and water resources, Public Health engineering and planning.

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