Article 370 non-negotiable: PDP
People’s Democratic Party says it is discussing all its options for govt formation
Srinagar: Hinting that it is ready to do business with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which has emerged as the single largest party in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, on Saturday sought assurance from its prospective partners over contentious issues such as safeguarding Article 370 and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). “All options are still open.
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti addresses the media at her residence in Srinagar. File photo
No decision has been taken yet on formation of government in the State with any other party,” PDP spokesperson Naeem Akhter said in Srinagar.
He said the leadership of PDP, which has won 28 of the 87 seats in the Assembly, was discussing all its options for government formation, hinting at an alliance with the BJP. “There are certain issues which form our core agenda and require an assurance that these will be accepted by our potential alliance partner, whichever party it might be,” he said. Akhter said his party’s stand on safeguarding Article 370, which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir within the Indian union, was non-negotiable.
Committed to AFSPA revocation
He also said that the party was committed to revocation of the AFSPA from the State, besides initiating a political process for resolution of Kashmir issue.
The PDP and the second largest party BJP, which has won 25 seats, have been invited by Governor N N Vohra for separate discussions over government formation by January 1.