Former RAW cheif A.S Dulat on Wednesday asked the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to take final call over the government formaton in Jammu and Kashmir, saying both the PDP and the BJP are caught in a difficult situation. Things would get complicated with each passing day if the deadlock continues to dominate the scenes in the state, Dulat told KNS over phone from New Delhi. “Longer you take, more complex would the things become in the state. Mehbooba has to reconcile and take a final call,” Dulat said. The former RAW chief who has served as Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s advisor on Kashmir affairs says it is Mehbooba’s time and ‘legitimately, it is her turn to become the chief minister of the state. “ What is the need of an hour is that the PDP chief should have exhibited much delay. The things are going on at a very slower place. Either side hasn’t gained anything by the deadlock,” said the former Raw Chief. He added that Mehbooba should take a final call, rather she should have taken the same earlier. Stating that the main reason for Mehbooba’s reluctance is that she is aware of what her father has been through during the past 10 months of the government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “There are political considerations in her mind at present. She is contemplating and weighing each and every option. But I believe that her time to assume office of the chief minister has come.” Dulat added that there is no possibility of PDP aligning with the Congress in the state as there have been no developments taking place on that front too. Commenting over the conditions that Mehbooba had set forth before the union government for continuing the coalition in the state including the JK specific CBMs and return of the power projects, Dulat said that the demands put forth by the PDP president do not seem to be forthcoming.
2015 Kashmir Despatch