Supporting Mehbooba the only available option for BJP
New Delhi, January 09: It is perceived that Mehbooba Mufti has a soft stance towards separatists which is not accepted by Bharatiya Janta Party, the other member of coalition government in Jammu and kashmir. But it is being speculated that it may still support Mehbooba to be sworn in as the new CM of the state.
The late Chief Minister had conveyed his wish to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting happened much before he was hospitalised that he wanted to pass his mantle to his daughter Mehbooba. Pertinently, Narendra Modi and Mufti shared a relationship of mutual respect.
However, a number of state BJP leaders have refused to support Mehbooba as according to them, she has not enough experience as had her father and they are obviously against her stance on separatists.
There is also one more major reason as to why BJP needs to support Mehbooba since it has no other option than to continue with the arrangement but on the other hand, Mehbooba has the option to walk out and tie up with the Congress or even the National Conference, waiting on the sidelines.
According to the senior leaders of BJP, it is the first time that the BJP has tried to join hands with a party of totally opposite ideologies for the sake of national interest and the party should not exhaust the chance to continue this coalition. Insiders have also revealed that the BJP high command has also conveyed to Mehbooba that to find support she must take forward the atmosphere of development and faith created by her father with the BJP.
Dealing with Mehbooba will be “different” than dealing with her father. The coalition with PDP from Day One was based on a collaboration for national interest. A BJP senior leader has clearly said that the national party does not want to be seen playing a spoilsport till the need for walking out becomes absolutely required.