Srinagar: All eyes are on Thursday’s crucial Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislature party meet that will be held over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Top PDP sources told Media Sources that the meeting will start at 4 p.m. at the Fairview residence of paryt chief Mehbooba Mufti.
“Mehbooba will apprise the legislators of her party about the developments including her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week,” a PDP source said.
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“The party will deliberate on its future course of action with regard to government formation in the state.”
The PDP legislature party had authorised Mehbooba to take a call on the government formation in the state, but the party had not nominated her as the leader in the state legislature, a constitutional requirement before she can stake claim to power in the state.
Sources in the party said during its course of deliberation on Thursday, the PDP legislature party is likely to elect Mehooba as its leader.
This dispels media speculations that she had decided to allow some other confidante to be nominated as the legislature party leader so that she could continue as the party president and also as the member of the Lok Sabha.
Party insiders say it is highly unlikely that Mehbooba would stand down from her claim to chief ministership and allow somebody else to don the mantle because that could create infighting in the party.
“She is the undisputed leader of the party. Nobody else is. It has to be her,” said a senior PDP leader and former minister here.
Mehbooba represents south Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency in the Lok Sabha.
If she gets elected as the leader of the state legislature party, the way would be paved for her to become the first woman chief minister of India’s only Muslim majority state.
In that case, she will have to get elected to either house of the state’s bicameral legislature and also resign her Lok Sabha seat.
Has Mehbooba keeled over to BJP’s strong stonewalling of re-negotiation demand?
Well if you ask, ex-CM Omar Abdullah, he would come up with a number of statistics. His Twitter handle is full of tweets for Mehbooba (not in her praise although) Her indecisiveness over government formation is no news. But with the Latest Ram Madhav Interview with Indian Express, BJP appeared to have an upper hand in the whole scenario.
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On asking Madhav, if difficulty in forming the J&K government is a setback for BJP, he replied that the party is in favor of continuation of the government that was formed a year back on the basis of Common minimum programme called the agenda of governance. The only difference at the ground level, he said, is that honourable chief minister Mufti Sayeed is no more. “It means the PDP has to select another leader. Beyond that, no other changes exist in our arrangement. The PDP has a different view about the situation. We have conveyed to them we are ready to support them with same governance agenda. But beyond that anything can be discussed only after the formation of the government.””, Madhav added.
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Meanwhile, Mehbooba surprised everyone at her home-town Bijbehara as she appeared to offer Fatiha at her late father’s grave. Se was accompanied by one of her daughters. Mehbooba’s visiting her father’s grave today, assumes significance as she is going to chair one of the most important meeting in her political career with the party legislatures later in the day to decide about the government formation with right wing Bhartya Janata Party BJP.
Mehbooba’s father and former chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed breathed his last on January 7. Governor’s rule was implemented in J&K a day after his demise.