‘PDP to decide choice for CM by consensus’
Srinagar: PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti amid reports of heightened political activity for formation of a non-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir said that the talks are on between Congress, National Conference and PDP and proposed alliance of the three parties would work for protecting Article 35A and stop tinkering with the laws concerning the political identity of the state.
Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Mehbooba said “Talks are on and it will take some time to cobble together the proposed political combination between PDP, NC and Congress for formation of a new government in Jammu and Kashmir. We granted an opportunity to BJP for a bigger motive but BJP didn’t fall in agreement with our agenda. Our intent was to use a big mandate for a big purpose to bring the people J&K out of the difficulties they are facing since last several decades but they pulled out following differences with us on our agenda over Jammu and Kashmir.”
In reply to a question, Mehbooba said, “The alliance would work for protecting Article 35A, tinkering with the laws concerning political identity of J&K as Governor’s administration is nowadays randomly amending the laws concerning the special status of the state. The BJP has started engineering defections in other parties for furtherance of its political motives and we three parties NC, PDP and Congress have decided to come together setting aside our differences on some issues for protecting Article 35A and stropping horse-trading amid tinkering with laws concerning political identity of J&K.”
In reply to a question on the choice of Chief Minister, Mehbooba said, “PDP will discuss the issue with its legislators, senior leaders and even grass-root level workers and name the candidate with consensus for the position of Chief Minister. It will take some time.” In reply to a question on Muzaffar Beigh’s statement about the joining for a third front, Mehbooba said, “I won’t talk on this issue.”(KNS)