Jammu | A two-member BJP delegation today met the Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra to discuss government formation in the state and later said it would submit a formal proposal to him on January 1. A day after the PDP came out with the idea of a grand alliance with its arch-rival National Conference and the Congress to form the government, BJP slammed the plan as a betrayal with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking to reporters, BJP state unit chief Jugal Kishore Sharma, who met the Governor along with General Secretary Ram Madhav, said Party leaders will meet the Governor on January 1 to hand him our proposal. Today’s meeting with the Governor can be seen a part of the ongoing process of government formation in the state.
The process of government formation is on and during this process people keep on meeting but our formal meeting with the Governor is scheduled for January 1 when the BJP will be submitting its proposal to the Governor, he said. Asked about the PDP’s grand alliance plan, Sharma said, Though I am not aware about the formation of any such alliance, but if any such alliance is formed, it would be a betrayal with the people of state as BJP got the maximum share of votes in the elections.
The Assembly elections threw up a fractured verdict with PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member Assembly and BJP the second largest party with 25 seats.
National Conference won 15 seats and Congress 12. Smaller parties and independents together won seven seats. On talks between PDP and BJP for government formation, Sharma said, We cannot rule out that talks are going on. This is part of the process and we are exploring options on who will support the BJP, but only BJP can provide a stable government to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Demanding that the next chief minister should be from BJP, he said, We have authorised party president Amit Shah to take a decision. The decision will be taken after consultation with the state unit of the party and we maintain that the chief minister should be from BJP. During the 30-minute meeting with the Governor, the BJP leaders deliberated on efforts for formation of a stable government in the state, he said.
Cong cautions PDP against forming govt with BJP
Srinagar | Cautioning PDP against forging an alliance with BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress today hoped that party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed would take a decision that best suits the current political consensus that has evolved in the state. The remarks came a day after PDP came out with the idea of a grand alliance with its arch rival National Conference and Congress to form the government, introducing a new element in the power sweepstakes.
Personally speaking, I will only like to caution Sayeed on the dangers of a miniscule minority here (in Kashmir) who suggest development plank for seeking special favour from the ruling class in Delhi, if PDP decides to forge an alliance with the BJP. Sayeed should reject this shortsightedness and ask these elements to see the facts clearly and know for certain that India is a democracy and its institutions have become strong over the decades. There is no largess available to the Prime Minister of India to offer to those states only which are for the BJP dispensation, State Congress President Saif-ud-din Soz said.
Ex-separatist leader voices support for stable coalition
Srinagar | People’s Conference leader Sajad Gani Lone has voiced his support for a stable coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir but hinted at a positive bias towards BJP, stating that a party at the Centre would help in expediting development process. We are open to support any stable government in the state. There should be no uncertainty about the future of the government, whichever coalition comes up in the coming days, Lone said.
The ex-separatist leader who won the two assembly seats of Handwara and Kupwara in the recent assembly elections, said that an unstable dispensation cannot deliver on the development front. He said an alliance which has BJP as a constituent will be beneficial for the state. The BJP is ruling at the Centre …. so a combination which has BJP as part of it, will be beneficial for the state in terms of expediting the development works in the state, he said.
The leader maintained that he was open to support a BJP-PDP alliance as much as an alliance between BJP and National Conference. On the ideological differences between BJP and PDP coming in the way of the two parties getting together, Lone said it was for the PDP to decide. I cannot answer this question. This has to be answered by the PDP, he added. In response to a question, Lone said his party was even ready to sit in the opposition. Lone who quit the separatist camp in early 2009 to unsuccessfully contest the Lok Sabha polls that year, has emerged as a key player in government formation.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with help of Congress, CPIM and three independents, can reach the 44-seat mark required to form the government in the 87-member assembly in the state but stability of the government will be under scanner given the wafer thin majority for such a combination. PDP emerged as the single largest party in the results for assembly elections on December 23 while BJP was a close second with 25 seats. Omar Abdullah-led National Conference (NC) won 15 seats followed by Congress, which bagged 12 seats.
While talks are on between various parties for government formation, no major headway has been made so far. Congress and NC have offered unconditional support to PDP for forming the next government but the youngest political party of the state has been maintaining a policy of wait and watch on the matter. Meanwhile, a two-member BJP delegation today met Governor N N Vohra to discuss government formation and said it would submit a formal proposal to him on January 1.
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