Mehbooba clears air; looking for more financial assistance from the Centre

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Jammu, February 10: The Peoples Democratic Party has been given more time by the Sangh Parivar to take the final call for government reformation by restitching the alliance with the BJP since the meetings being held behind closed doors are yielding encouraging results.

As per the Tribune, final decision regarding formation of government in the state will be taken during the meeting with the PDP that is going to be held today in Delhi. Sources have informed that there are high chances that the impasse might break.

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Back channel meetings between the leaders of PDP and BJP have been going on for a week now. The agenda of these meetings is to find some “way out” to protect interests of both the parties.

According to a source, the leadership of Bharatiya Janta Party has made a promise to incorporate vital demands of the PDP in the forthcoming Union Budget while projecting it as a routine exercise in order to calm the other coalition partner PDP.

However, they are not at all ready to accept some of the demands put forth by PDP. Most of these demands like relaxation in the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act has already been rejected in the past by BJP leadership.

Reports have also floating in that PDP President has also pushed for more financial assistance to the state.

Sources also informed that the meeting that is going to be held in Delhi today will be attended by top leaders of the RSS and BJP where the present political scenario prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir will be discussed. The state BJP president Sat Sharma and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh have already flown to New Delhi to take part in the meeting. The leadership is also likely to deliberate upon the outcome of the back channel meetings with the PDP.

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The state leaders are expected to return on February 12 when their meeting with Governor NN Vohra is scheduled. Pertinently, on Feb 02, the BJP had asked for 10 days time from Governor to think upon the government formation issue in the state.

Meanwhile, Ram Madhav is also likely to meet Mehbooba Mufti next week  to make fresh efforts to break the impasse.