Srinagar: The 10-month old BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir is on the brink of splitting up, even as Mehbooba Mufti is expected to present her party’s view to Governor NN Vohra on Tuesday. A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation is also slated to meet the Governor over the issue.
This comes after the Jammu and Kashmir Governor wrote to both PDP and BJP, seeking clarification on their stand on government formation in the state. Meanwhile, leaders of the J&K unit of the BJP met party president Amit Shah in the national capital to chalk out a strategy to end the political impasse.
The BJP has claimed that the PDP has posed no conditions and the party aims to follow the common minimum program set out by former J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP leader Ram Madhav said, “No condition has been put to us…Mehbooba Mufti is not opening her cards, and you all want BJP to open the cards.” He added, “We have to follow the CMP and our aim is to run the government as per the understanding of PM and Mufti saab. We want to run the government for the people of J&K.”
However, PDP sources told CNN-IBN that the party felt the need to re-examine the alliance and see if it was working effectively for Jammu and Kashmir. Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to take a dig at the PDP-BJP alliance over the government formation, saying “they so desperately want a face saver”. He tweeted, “plays Adele – “Hello from the other side, I must have called a thousand times to tell you I’m sorry…….”
“Someone please phone her. They so desperately want a face saver that now even a phone call will do. Lagao number :),” he said in another tweet. As per the current tally in the 89-seat J&K Assembly, PDP has 28 seats while BJP has 25. The main opposition party, the National Conference has 15 seats while the Congress has 112.