Between Devil And Deep Sea: Will Mehbooba Go With BJP?

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The Legitimate, Web Special    

Srinagar: Amidst continues logjam over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, the pressure is continuously mounting over the Peoples Democratic Party, President Mehbooba Mufti internally as well as externally for delaying in re-stitching the alliance with BJP.

The governor has also asked PDP to decide over the government formation by April 9.

“They have been asked to decide about the government formation by or before April 9. But the party high command is yet to decide over the call of governor,” said the sources in government.

In accordance with article 53 of J&K constitution, there can’t be an intervening gap of more than six months between the two consecutive sessions and thereby, sets a deadline to call the next session of legislature by April 9.

The last session of legislative Assembly was convened on October 10, 2015.

The party sources, however, told The Legitimate that Mehbooba is planning to leave for New Delhi to meet personally Prime Minister, Narender Modi and his senior ministers before taking a final call over the government formation.

Meanwhile, the BJP has hardened its stand and insisted Mehbooba to form the government which could be followed by the implementation of “Agenda of Alliance”.

Sources said that the BJP has categorically refused to announce any CBM’s in absence of elected government in state.

“We have already spent over two months in deciding the agenda of alliance with former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who died on January 7, 2016. The party is committed to implement that gradually. But it needs first to have government in state,” the BJP high command informed Mahbooba in a recent meeting, according to sources.

The PDP president is also under duress from her own party legislatures who are unwilling to go for fresh elections.

The legislatures and party leaders of the PDP apparently have faced the heat of governor’s decision who has decided to go ahead to hold the urban local bodies and panchayat elections in state in May.

“It will be a detrimental for us if the elections of urban bodies and panchayat are held under governor’s rule,” the party high command is informed by its legislatures and leaders.

“The morale of our grass root level workers will be down and will not be in position to campaign.”

However, the party sources further believe that governor’s decisions of holding elections and implementing the Prime ministers much hyped INR 80,000 cr package on the directions of New Delhi is a pressure tactic by to force the PDP to form the government.

While some former ministers in previous governments have still allotted the government bungalows, one of the pressure tactics was also to force PDP and BJP ministers to vacate their allocated bungalows after the demise of Mufti Sayeed.

BJP Too Under Pressure 

Not only the PDP, the prevailing deadlock between PDP and New Delhi also built the considerable pressure on the states BJP unit which received the decisive mandate in Jammu division in 2014 Assembly elections.

The BJP secured all time high 25 seats in Jammu region with a magnanimous share of over 11 lakh votes.

“We have informed our party high command in New Delhi that we are equally suffering in the ongoing deadlock,” said BJP leader, wishing to be anonymous. “The ground under our feet in Jammu is also slipping with no deliverance and high expectations among people.”


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