Breakthrough in BJP-PDP alliance, Mehbooba terms meeting with PM Modi positive
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has said she had a “positive meeting” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi at his 7 RCR residence. “It has been a positive meeting with PM and I will go back to Srinagar and take the next step,” Mufti told the media outside the Prime Minister’s official residence , 7 Race Course Road. “I am content after meeting PM,” she added.
“Stalemate (in J&K) has been continuing since two-three months. I feel positive after this meeting,” said Mehbooba, daughter of late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. She also said that she has called for a legislature party meeting on Thursday and will take further decision there.
Mufti’s decision to meet Modi has fuelled hopes in Jammu and Kashmir that channels of communication with the BJP have been opened once again. The government formation in Jammu and Kashmir has been deadlocked since then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death in a Delhi hospital on January 7. The delay in PDP- BJP government has seen the alliance facing flak from all quarters particularly the National Conference.
National Conference’s working president Omar Abdullah said that Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti was making last ditch efforts to save her party from breaking apart.
Speaking to reporters after calling on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan , he said: “We know she (Mehbooba Mufti) has gone to Delhi to make the last ditch effort to save her party from splitting by forming a government.
“If all has gone well during her meeting with BJP president Amit Shah then what is she waiting for? If she takes so much time to decide on her next move what kind of chief minister would she prove to be when she has to shoulder very tough responsibilities?” he said.
The former chief minister said he had called on the governor to inform him that the NC opposed horse-trading of all types. “If they (PDP) are unable to form the government, the only democratic option is holding midterm polls,” he said, adding “the state had still not fully recovered from the horse-trading of 1984,” when an NC government headed by his father Farooq Abdullah was brought down through defections engineered by elder Abdullah’s brother-in-law, G.M. Shah. ( IANS)