Mehbooba Mufti to consult senior party leaders on government formation

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Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader
Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, in what is seen as her first steps towards a government formation in Jammu and Kashmir will now meet the senior PDP party leaders in Srinagar and Jammu over the next one week to seek their views on the issue. The meetings have been convened three weeks after Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state after the death of then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.

Sayeed was heading a coalition government with BJP since March 1 last year after the Assembly elections threw up a fractured verdict. Mehbooba was seen as the successor to her father as the Chief Minister but she has maintained suspense over the issue and not yet staked claim to form the government.

Days back, she held a meeting with senior leaders who authorised her to take a decision on the formation of the next government but she has still not revealed her cards.

Some PDP leaders had said that Mehbooba wanted a review of the work done during Sayeed’s 10-month tenure, especially with regard to implementation of ‘Agenda of Alliance’ framed with BJP.

BJP, with 25 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly, has made it clear that it wants the alliance to continue and were waiting for 27-member PDP to elect its Legislature Party leader.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba has lately brought to limelight her brother Tassaduq Hussain, a cinematographer by profession who has remained away from politics so far, amidst strong speculation that he may join the party in the near future. The party is keeping this issue on the hold at the moment.

Hussain has made a reluctant entry into the PDP by attending a party meeting following Sayeed’s death. Thus sparking off media frenzy and rumours of a political debut sooner or later.