BJP PDP likely to form govt after Delhi polls

New Delhi: In a new development over J&K government formation, a deal was reportedly struck between the PDP and BJP on Thursday, with the coalition likely to take place after Delhi Polls.

According to a report, BJP has no objection to PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed becoming the Chief Minister first but, wants the post to be rotational. The saffron party also said they want the Deputy CM and Home Minister’s post.

Meanwhile, PDP wants a promise on repealing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and a clear stand on Article 370 while, BJP was playing it safe on the controversial issues.

PDP has also asked for a Common Minimum Program for governance in the state. As part of the deal, Mehbooba Mufti may be inducted in the Cabinet in the Centre.

Earlier on Wednesday, leader of PDP and BJP met Governor N N Vohra separately about progress in their talks even as they prepared for a tie-up in the coming Rajya Sabha elections.

PDP MLA Haseeb Drabu, the interlocutor with the BJP on talks for government formation, met the Governor who earlier received a BJP delegation headed by party’s General Secretary Ram Madhav, the party pointsman in the state.

Significantly after the meetings, Raj Bhavan issued a statement which said Drabu apprised the Governor “about the realisations which have emerged from the PDP-BJP parleys on government formation which have been continuing for the past about a month and the broad contours of the matters being finalised in the coming days.”

In the highly-fractured verdict, PDP emerged as the single largest party with 28 MLAs followed closely by BJP with 25. National Conference ended up with a tally of 15 while Congress got 12 seats.

In the 87-member House, two seats each went to People’s Conference and Jammu And Kashmir People Democratic Front (Secular), three independents and one to CPM. 

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