Decks cleared on J&K Govt formation only after RSS ensures revision in CMP
Decks have been cleared for the formation of the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, and to conclude the deal Mufti Mohd Sayeed who will be the next CM of the state today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. The meeting between the two started in the morning, and both leaders discussed the basic framework of the government, and key issues which constitute the Common Minimum Programme which will guide the government.
Sources meanwhile tell that hectic efforts were made to sort out the last minutes hitches which had almost delayed the formation of the government. It is believed that the much touted CMP which took almost two months of discussions to be finalized had to be revised after RSS expressed strong reservations over the wording of the document particularly in context of the Article 370 which is a core ideological issue for the Sangh. So annoyed was the Sangh on this issue that it asked the BJP to redraft the CMP as it clearly said that no one could be allowed to dilute the core issues of the party. The BJP had to make it clear to the PDP that it would not dilute it’s stand on the Article 370, and the party will make sustained efforts to abrogate it in the long run. The PDP till the last hour was opposed to revision in the CMP had to accept the changes as the party leadership was told clearly that there were no two about this issue as BJP had to stick to the demand of the Sangh even at the cost of the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources said that PDP though unhappy with the move had to accept the changes.
It was only after the revision was made that government formation came back on track, and the proposed meeting between Modi, and Mufti could take place although there were rumours that it could be delayed due to differences on core issues between the two parties.
Notably, the Common Minimum Programme between the two parties which has been grandly called Agenda for Alliance has been written by Haseeb Drabu, and BJP leader Ram Madhav. As pe the deal the coalition government will have cabinet minister, and six each would come from both sides. However what is problematic for BJP is that top portfolios in the cabinet are likely to go to the PDP, and the former will have to settle with lightweight berths. This has already caused heartburn in Jammu, and also in the rank and file of the BJP cadre which has been powered in government by the people of this region.