Srinagar, Jan 11 (Agencies): A day after Congress president Sonia Gandhi met People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar, speculations continued over the formation of new government in Jammu and Kashmir. There were reports that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was concerned about the delay in forming government.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, whose party ran a coalition government with PDP between 2002 and 2008, met Mehbooba Mufti at Mufti’s Fairview residence in Gupkar. She stayed with the PDP president for about 20 minutes and later paid rich tributes to her father and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who passed away last Thursday.
After Sonia-Mehbooba meet, speculations were made that whether PDP was planning to form new government with Congress in Jammu and Kashmir as the BJP is bargaining hard. The PDP has 27 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly while BJP has 25, Congress has 12 and National Conference has 15. Seven seats are represented by independents or small parties. 44 seats are needed to form government in Jammu and Kashmir.
If PDP decides to discontinue ties with BJP and form government with Congress, it will be needing support of five MLAs, which might not be a tough task. The PDP and Congress together have 39 seats. Will the PDP break the alliance with BJP and go with Congress? Only time will tell us.
2015 Kashmir Despatch