PDP, BJP may shake hands to form government

A day after PDP delegation met Governor N N Vohra, BJP team called on him yesterday and said it was committed to giving the state a stable government

Srinagar/Jammu: The PDP and the BJP, the two largest groups in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, said on Thursday that they were ready to form a government amid signs of problems in stitching an alliance.

A day after a PDP delegation met Governor N N Vohra, a BJP team called on him yesterday and then said that it was committed to giving the state a stable government.

A PDP leader said that channels of communication were open between the two parties. “But a structured dialogue is yet to start,” PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar said.

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PDP president Mehbooba Mufti

BJP state president Jugul Kishore had earlier said that the BJP was committed to forming a stable government in the troubled state. And he added that formal talks on establishing a coalition with the PDP were set to begin. The PDP agreed, saying Kashmir needed a stable government to surmount the multiple problems it is facing.

“The talks are going to begun, the talks will be held in a congenial atmosphere,” Kishore said. “The priority is a stable government. We are not in a hurry to form a government.” He said any coalition government, which takes office, will be in power for six years until the next election.

On Wednesday, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav greeted PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti’s laudatory reference to former prime minister and now ailing BJP veteran Atal Bihari Vajpayee. PDP insiders claimed there were roadblocks that would have to be removed before starting a dialogue on power sharing between the PDP and the BJP.

“We are in conformity with the BJP on development, tackling corruption, unemployment, industry and tourism. But the ideological divergence will have to find some meeting ground,” said a source.

The PDP has 28 members in the 87-member hung house and the BJP 25.

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