Peace, reconciliation and development will be main focus: Mehbooba

Jammu 26 March: Addressing media persons after a joint meeting with the governor, Mehbooba Mufti said,

“Mufti Ji had shaken hand with Prime Minister Modi Ji with the view of development in the state. I am only going to continue on the on the same agenda. There are no differences between the PDP and the BJP. It is a coalition and settling down takes time.”

She further added that prime on the agenda of the government would be Peace, reconciliation and development of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, former Dy CM Nirmal Singh told the media persons that the BJP is supporting the PDP for government formation in the state.

“We have backed the PDP for government formation in the state. There are no differences with the PDP as such and we have submitted the letter of support to Governor,” he said.

He also said, “The BJP and the PDP will now sit together to discuss the portfolios.”

Dr. Nirmal Singh was further asked about the various speculations over the demand of portfolios by the BJP to which he replied, “There is no confusion on the portfolios, it is a coalition and things will fall in place. The government will be formed in Jammu and Kashmir very soon. We will sit together to decide the oath taking date as well.”

When Mehbooba Mufti was questioned what her priorities would be as the First woman Chief Minister of J&K, she chided the reporter and said, “Your question is wrong. There is no difference between a man and woman as a leader. Women are not behind men, they are equals.”

Despite their ideological differences, the BJP-PDP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir would solely work for the development of the state, union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday.

“There are ideological differences between the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and PDP (Peoples Democratic Party). Despite these differences, the BJP-PDP alliance government would work for the development of J&K,” Singh told reporters.

Singh, a BJP Lok Sabha member from Udhampur-Doda parliamentary seat of Jammu and Kashmir, and a minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, said: “The state leadership of BJP and PDP would finalise the nitty-gritty of the government formation in that state.”

Singh along with BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav on Friday met party legislators of Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar and discussed the government formation.

The minister said the BJP-PDP coalition government, headed by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, worked smoothly for the welfare of the common people and development of the bordering state.

Jammu and Kashmir was placed under the Governor’s Rule on January 8 after Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s death on January 7 following multi organ failure at a hospital in New Delhi.

Sayeed’s daughter and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, 56, is set to succeed him.

The PDP presently has 27 legislators in the 87-member legislative assembly. An independent legislator from the Ladakh region also supports the PDP.

BJP, which has 25 legislators, is supported by two legislators of Peoples Conference headed by Sajad Lone and an independent member.

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