New Delhi, March 19, : Bhartiya Janata Party National General Secretary Ram Madhav who played a key role in the formation of PDP-BJP Government in March last year Friday while clearing the air on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir said that that the there is a vast difference between the thinking of former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammed Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti over the formation of stable government in the state. He said, “After Mufti Saab’s death, PDP had to choose a leader for Chief Minister’s chair and there has been no change in the situation even today.” He added that the deadlock in the state Assembly is not because of BJP, but it is due to Mehbooba’s demands that is delaying the government formation in the state.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Madhav said that, “whatever fresh has to done has to be done after government formation.The first thing is that no new demand is acceptable to us and the second thing is that if there are new demands then it can be taken up once a new government takes over. A state government always has a right to make demands to the Centre. A government cannot be formed on the basis of conditions,” he said.
When asked if a new government will be formed, he said: “I cannot say because the stalemate that existed earlier continues,” he said adding that it’s not possible to form government on conditions.
Madhav’s statement came a day after PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti met BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi.
PDP with 27 MLAs and BJP with 25 members had formed an alliance on March 01 last year with Sayeed as the Chief Minister. Both the sides had formed an “Agenda of Alliance” which sought to address internal and external dimension of the state.
Governor’s rule was imposed in the state on January 8 after Mehbooba decided against taking over the reins after her father’s death.
2015 Kashmir Despatch