Amid a deluge of possibilities of the could-be alliance prospects, Mehbooba Mufti meets Governor N.N. Vohra today, to notify him of the efforts of the party for forming government. A senior leader of the party told, “She will inform the Governor on the efforts being made by the party to stitch a coalition government in the state after a fractured verdict.”
Apparently, Mehbooba Mufti is going to meet the Governor a day before the scheduled date. The Governor had invited both the BJP and PDP for talks on the government formation on January 1.
Mehbooba is, nevertheless, expected to seek more time on government formation as conclaves are still underway with numerous groups including the second largest party, BJP.
The meeting though is coming in the backdrop of the protests in Kashmir valley as the public opinion that is mounting up, opposes the likelihood of alliance with the Saffron Party. The separatists too have openly uttered their dissent over this alliance-prospect. The PDP President left for Jammu for meeting the governor at around 2:30 PM yesterday.
PDP emerged as the largest party in Elections 2014, by bagging 28 out of 87 Assembly Seats and has already forwarded an “agenda on the alliance” to the BJP. The party is awaiting response despite the growing demur in the Valley against the alliance probability.Senior PDP leader said, “We are waiting for the response from the BJP and they have not rejected it,” adding that they were still contemplating all other options. As per the Agenda, the PDP has proposed Mufti Mohommad Sayeed as Chief Minister for the next six-year term, revocation of the AFSPA, troops cut, safe-guarding Article 370, starting dialogue with Pakistan and also Kashmir separatists to resolve the Kashmir issue.
Chief spokesman of the PDP Naeem Akhtar said, “Mufti Sahib (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) and Mehbooba ji today continued consultations with party legislators , who gave their feedback on various issues.” Some of the leaders have already expressed their animosity over the alliance with the BJP.
The Congress has already offered its support to the PDP and even NC which has 15 MLAs, has conveyed its verbal support to fortify against the expected alliance.