The two parties PDP, BJP are all set to form Government in the state as the two sides have almost bridged their differences over certain contentious issues responsible for causing inordinate delay in the formation of government. The two parties had different stand on Article 370 and AFSPA and both were stiff on their take on the issues. Now as the BJP has stated that the party is ready to abandon some of the demands, the prospects of the two coming together have brightened up. Both have agreed to share power and keep their political interests at bay for the moment.
PDP, veteran leader, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has the experience of administering the state for six years. PDP had won in 2002 and unshackled the state from the dynastic rule of NC. The experiment in 2002 had nearly failed as the two allies PDP and Congress could not work out the things smoothly as the Congress had an upper hand in the alliance and under that agreement Mufti was to remain the CM for only the first three-year term and Ghulam Nabi Azad was inducted as the CM for the remaining term despite PDP’s continuous attempts of persuading the Congress party leadership.
PDP has this time kept its demand of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed being the state CM for the full six year term, all clear to the BJP. As per the reports the agreement has almost reached the conclusion and the only thing left is the framing of the CMP. The parties have agreed to accommodate each other’s demands without any written reference though. The core agenda is to develop and empower the state keeping their political interests at bay for now. The two had been struggling to find a common ground and with BJP’s abandoning of many demands the two have finally agreed to join hands. The rehabilitation of the west pak refugees had been BJP’s utmost preference and the PDP has likely agreed to it. The issue of Article 370 nevertheless has been put on hold and the decision on AFSPA is to be taken by the new CM, who may recommend gradual removal of AFSPA in a phased manner.
The alliance has been a tough decision for both the parties as some elements within the two parties have opposed this union. But taking the middle path, the two have seemingly taken a leap towards the most experimental phase in the politics of J&K. With mutual trust and adjustment, the two are likely to work out the upcoming challenges as opportunities. If the two parties succeed in bringing out transparency and good governance, the regional disparity that had kept the state in fragments from over six decades will come to an end, reshaping the fundamentals of this state.