Is Jammu and Kashmir heading for mid-term polls?

Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader
Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader

The BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir is on the edge of parting ways, with Mehbooba Mufti, chief of People’s Democratic Party likely to present her party’s view to Governor NN Vohra on 2 February.

This comes after the Governor wrote to both alliance partners seeking a clarification on their stand on government formation in the state. While Mehbooba is reported to meet Vohra at 4:30 pm, the BJP will meet him at 6 pm.

Meanwhile, the Governor has apparently finalised a list of advisors he might need to run the lone Muslim-majority state during Governor’s Rule.  Under its own constitution, the state can be under Governor’s Rule for six months.

If Vohra is convinced there are no chances of a government taking power, he can recommend dissolution of the State Assembly and seek fresh elections.

The BJP, on its part, is likely to put the ball in PDP’s court when it meets Vohra, party sources told NDTV. The PDP has to decide, after all it has the CM’s post.

The BJP will continue to support the PDP, party sources said after a meeting between the state leaders, BJP chief Amit Shah and general secretary Ram Madhav on 1 February evening. The meeting was held to form strategy in view of Vohra’s summons. Madhav said, “No condition has been put forward. The PDP chief is not opening her cards, and you want BJP to open the cards.

But as per political sources in Srinagar, after being delayed by three weeks, government formation was a remote possibility. The PDP is unhappy about fund flow from Delhi not turning up as promised and a phone call from the Modi government will mend matters.

According to PDP sources, the party wants a written assurance from PM Narendra Modi and Shah on supporting PDP stand on issues such as Article 370 and the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act.