Forming the next government in Jammu and Kashmir is not going to be a cake-walk for both BJP, and PDP because there are indications that leaders in both the parties are not comfortable with coalition equations. While BJP wants more portfolios, and rotational chief minister, the PDP led by Mehbooba Mufti is in no mood to give any concession to the saffron party. In fact if political watchers are to be believed the party may be rethinking about coalition itself as the new PDP supremo has not been comfortable to align with the party.
In a recent meeting between Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar there was no talk about continuing the coalition or formation of government. Gadkari was accompanied by top state BJP leadership including Deputy CM Nirmal Singh, and state BJP president Sat Sharma.
BJP leaders were of the opinion that the Mehbooba would need more time to settle as she was in shock. They however remained silent on forming the next government, and said that both parties were not in hurry but expressed confidence that the coalition will continue to rule the state. Gadkari also said that government of India had fully supported former CM Sayeed’s dream projects and it was no Mehbooba to complete the same. This however could also be seen as thinly veiled threat that no support would be forthcoming to the PDP government if it switches side.