Tectonic shift in J&K politics: Modi-Mufti meeting to set the course for coalition Govt
A tectonic shift in the politics of Jammu and Kashmir will take place on March 1 when BJP-PDP coalition will form the government in the state. It is for the first time that BJP will form government powered by the massive voting it witnessed in favour of the party which also was helped by the Modi wave. Sources said PDP patron Mufti Mohd Sayeed is set to meet the Prime Minister on February 27 after which the CMP would be revealed to the people. It is most likely that PM Modi could also attend the oath ceremony as Mufti is expected to invite him during the meeting on February 27. This would also be the first meeting between the two leaders since the coalition talks began between the two parties.
To begin with both the parties will elect their Legislative party chiefs, and Mufti Sayeed is likely to be chosen by the PDP while BJP is going to choose Nirmal Singh who would also be the Deputy CM Of J&K. Thereafter the two parties would hold a joint meeting in which they will elect Mufti as the joint Legislature Party Chief which will ensure his appointment as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.
With all the formalities over, Mufti Mohd Sayeed will be taking over the charge of coalition government on March 1, which would be his second inning as the state chief minister. However, it would be for the first time that BJP would become a part of the ruling dispensation in the state as the party has always remained in the opposition since democracy arrived in the state.
As far as distribution of key ministries is concerned, the decision is likely to be made during the final meeting between Mufti, and PM Modi. There have been differences between the two sides over the distribution of portfolios, and some efforts have been made to settle the issues but still final decision has not been made. Sources tell that since BJP has agreed to many demands of the PDP it is likely to get some key portfolios in the state government.
To announce the formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP chief Amit Shah, and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti appeared before the media on Tuesday, and said that after several rounds of talks, both the parties had reached consensus on CMP, and soon the state will have an elected government.
The contents of the Common Minimum Programme will be released after the Mufti-Modi meeting the duo said, and asserted that they have fortunately reached a consensus.
While speaking to the media, Mehbooba said that the CMP was and agenda for alliance, and this alliance for the first time has kept the interests of the people of the state as well as national interest in mind. She also said that there have been accords in the past but this time it was different as the government formation was based on development, aspiration, prosperity, and peace to the people of the state.
BJP leader Nirmal Singh who is expected to become the Deputy Chief Minister welcomed the political developments, and said that it was in the interest of the state that differences have been ironed out.