J&K stalemate: Ram Madhav to leave for Srinagar, call on Mehbooba Mufti

Faux pas Ram Madhav has embarrassed not only himself but the BJP as well with his distasteful tweet, Photo: Vijay Pandey
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav Photo: Vijay Pandey

BJP president Amit Shah has permitted party general secretary Ram Madhav to initiate dialogue with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) next week thereby reviving prospects of an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Madhav was instrumental in forming the rather complicated alliance between the BJP and the PDP.  This time, the dialogue has been restricted to the Agenda of Alliance, or the common minimum programme agreed to between the two parties when the late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was alive.

17 February is also the 40th day of mourning after the demise of the Mufti, when ritual mourning ends among Muslims. Madhav may attend that ceremony as well.  The party understood that the PDP had lost some ground over its alliance with the BJP, but, “the nature of the mandate was such that no other possibility existed”, according to BJP.

It may be noted Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on 9 January when the two partners failed to form the government following the Mufti’s death on 7 January.

Mehbooba on 5 February gave a hint that the PDP would break the alliance with the BJP if the Centre did not announce confidence building measures to end the stalemate.

While this was so, People’s Democratic Front (PDF) chief and MLA Khansahib Hakim Muhammad Yasin on 9 February asked the party leadership to clear its stand over government formation with BJP.

A meeting of BJP leadership and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) top leaders is likely to take place in Delhi over the next two days on the issue. It will be attended by senior leaders of BJP’s Jammu unit as well.

“Last year, it took PDP three months to form the government and every time and at every stage, the party leadership claims their government achieved what no government in the history of J&K could. Where did those claims vanish?” he asked, in a press statement.

“If that was true, what is stopping them from forming the government with the BJP,” Yasin asked. Asking PDP to clear its stand on ‘Agenda of Alliance’ he said, “If you (PDP) say ‘Agenda of Alliance’ is scared, you must define its shortcomings too.

He asked the party leadership to fix a deadline so as not to make the people of the state to suffer anymore.