Jammu | Mar 26 : Mehbooba Mufti of PDP and Nirmal Singh of BJP on Saturday jointly met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra in Jammu staked claim to form the government, ending weeks of speculation about a rift between the two allies.
After meeting the governor at Raj Bhawan at 3:30 pm, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti thanked the BJP for extending its support to form the government. Mehbooba was accompanied by some PDP and BJP leaders.
She said peace and development of Jammu and Kashmir will be the only agenda of her government.
She also expressed her satisfaction with the assurances her party received from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for government formation.
The state has been under the president’s rule since the sudden demise of the then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed about two months ago.
On its part, BJP presented a letter to the Governor assuring complete support to the single-largest party of the elected assembly. “We have submitted letter to Governor where BJP legislators have unanimously supported PDP in government formation. We shall sit together with PDP and decide on the future course of action,” Nirmal Singh said.
The PDP-BJP government was in place since March 2015. However, following the death PDP patriarch and reigning Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed in December, the alliance was called off by his daughter Mehbooba Mufti. (PTK)
2015 Kashmir Despatch