Fears of dip in PDP support base delaying government formation: BJP

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Explaining the delay in formation of J&K government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders said it must be because of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s fears of eroding support base and her pursuit to re-claim it.

“The poor attendance at her father’s funeral had shocked Mehbooba forcing her to think people had distanced themselves from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) due to its alliance with BJP,” said a state BJP legislator.

Mehbooba is in two minds whether to call off the alliance or not. Calling it off is tantamount to agreeing that Mufti’s decision was wrong too, he added.

Sensing this, National Conference dared PDP to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, knowing well that the party can ill afford to do so.

Suggesting that Mehbooba may come to terms with feedback and look to reassert herself, the  lost ground in the Valley.

It is in this light that PDP is suggesting that the BJP top leadership showed no respect to Mufti after his demise. At the same time, the PDP is demanding a heavier concession from the BJP-led central  government. BJP MLAs feel it suits PDP to project that Mehbooba had the upper hand over the BJP, especially for reclaiming the lost flock.

“Apart from lasting its full term, the PDP will also look for new ways to clash with the BJP, thereby forcing elections,” said a party leader.

The party sources say that Mehbooba will form the government more or less around the old arrangements, once she gets a hold on things. Senior leaders said Mehbooba may have to pay a political price for having allied with the BJP.