Government formation in Jammu and Kashmir: BJP rules out accepting Mehbooba's conditions

BJP said it would stick to Agenda of Alliance, agreed upon with PDP a year ago, adding that any deviation would amount to disrespecting the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Jammu: Bhartiya Janta Party yesterday said it was in touch with several PDP legislators who were in favour of government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, but added it will “never” accept new conditions for alliance put forth by Mehbooba Mufti.

J&K’s former Chief Minister, the late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed with daughter Mehbooba Mufti. File Pic
J&K’s former Chief Minister, the late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed with daughter Mehbooba Mufti. File Pic

BJP legislator Ravinder Raina said, “There is no question of accepting the new conditions laid down by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the BJP for the formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir. I have come to know that she (Mehbooba) has put forth new conditions, but BJP will never accept them. We will strictly follow the Agenda of Alliance that was agreed upon between the two parties a year ago,” he said.

Options open
He said BJP has “several options” to form government in the state, if the alliance with PDP breaks down, but would disclose them “when the time comes”.

The need of the hour for both the alliance partners (PDP and BJP) was to form government based on mutual trust and respect the aspirations of the people of Jammu and the people of Kashmir regions, he said.

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