J&K govt formation stuck in limbo
The stalemate over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continued with both PDP and BJP, allies in the dispensation headed by late CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, remaining tight-lipped about the future course of action
Srinagar: The stalemate over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continued with both PDP and BJP, allies in the dispensation headed by late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, remaining tight-lipped about the future course of action.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti offers prayers at her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s grave. PDP now wants to know whether BJP is willing to ‘implement’ what has been agreed in the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ last year. File pic
There is a likelihood of a meeting of PDP today amid the party’s assertion that BJP should communicate whether it was willing ‘implement’ what has been agreed in the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ of last year. “The party has conveyed its stand on the government formation and it is now for the BJP to make the next move — whether they are willing to implement what has been agreed upon in the ‘Agenda of Alliance,” a PDP leader said.
Senior party leader Naeem Akhtar has made it clear that PDP would review what was achieved during the 10 months of the coalition government with the BJP under Sayeed.
“Mufti Sahib had a vision for making Jammu and Kashmir a modern state. Due to his death, his vision is yet to be realised. The party under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti will need to review how much we have succeeded to fulfil Mufti Sahib’s vision so far,” he said.
Describing the Agenda of Alliance as a ‘sacred document’ and not a piece of ‘scripture’, Akhtar said it needed to be assessed whether the “common vision” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mufti had been taken forward.
He said there have been several ‘gaps’ in its implementation and in this context referred to the issues like return of power projects to the state, developing of smart cities, return of land under use of armed forces. “I am saying these are areas of concern of Jammu and Kashmir as well as national concern,” the PDP leader said, adding BJP should do some stock-taking.