Mehbooba to meet Modi today, Jaitley says PDP chief needs to make up her mind on coalition

Mehbooba Mufti Narendra ModiSenior BJP leader and Finance Minister today said that PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti was to make up her mind to continue the coalition with BJP in the state. Jaitley said that both parties have different ideologies, different support base and the only reason the two parties came together was hung verdict after the elections in J&K.

Jaitley was speaking at the launch of a new media outlet in Delhi. He however reiterated that BJP stood for Agenda of Alliance and also for a J&K package. The statement by the union finance minister assumes significance because PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti in a last ditch effort to form the government will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The PDP chief is in Delhi to meet the PM which is being described as a crucial meeting for government formation. Prior to meeting him, Mehbooba had met BJP chief Amit Shah who is said to have refused to endorse any statement promising that all promises made to the state would be delivered.

After failing to get any concession from the BJP despite procrastinating the government formation for almost three months, Mehbooba is now desperate to end the political impasse. In a climb down from political grandstanding during which the PDP demanded removal of AFSPA and several other time bound concessions, the party is now saying that it only wants forward movement on Agenda of Alliance which was agreed upon between the two parties.

The meeting between the PM, and PDP chief is being considered as significant because talks with Amit Shah, who is number in BJP did not change the status quo. The PDP is also holding a legislative party meeting on March 24 to discuss the future course of action.

Meanwhile, the state BJP leaders said that it was on PDP to take a call on government formation and the basis would be Agenda of Alliance alone.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah however said that Mehbooba was trying to form the government as she does not want a split in her party. He also alleged PDP chief was an indecisive leader who couldn’t take a firm decision. .

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