Mehbooba Mufti, PM meet in Delhi; meeting is fruitful says PDP

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Modi and Mehbooba

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on 22 March and said that the meeting between the two leaders was fruitful.

Mehbooba said, “in the past couple of days, there was an impasse (over government formation). The party will discuss the future course of action at its legislative meeting to be held on 24 March” where it is believed she may be elected as its leader.

The Prime Minister restated BJP’s stand that agenda of governance would be followed for alliance in  Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).  He assured that all issues will be discussed and nothing would be left out.  He added that the Centre would extend all help to the state for good governance and development of J&K.

This is Mehbooba’s second visit to Delhi— she held talks with BJP president Amit Shah on 17 March. But that meeting failed to resolve the impasse. The BJP made it clear that it was not ready to accept any new conditions for government formation in J&K.

But on 21 March, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said the party was committed to agenda of governance in J&K.
While there was no official confirmation from PDP side, it was believed that Mehbooba has conveyed her willingness to be at the helm of the government and discuss other issues later.

PDP leaders, meanwhile, said that PDP has made no fresh demands and that there was a miscommunication from both sides leading to derailing of talks and imposition of President’s rule in J&K in the past two months.

Meanwhile on 21 March, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah called on governor NN Vohra and urged him to call fresh elections in the J&K.