PDP says no fissures in alliance with BJP, government formation to take some time

Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader
Mehbooba Mufti, PDP leader

There appears to be no fissures in the BJP – PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir . The PDP has made it clear that the coalition will continue on the basis of ‘Agenda of Alliance’ reached between the two parties last year but gave no time frame for formation of the new government.

“As far as I am concerned, there is no suspense. We have lost a stalwart like Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Once the official mourning period (seven days) is over, I think the (coalition) government will carry on under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti,” PDP’s chief spokesperson Mehboob Beg told reporters. He  also said party chief Mehbooba was the PDP’s unanimous choice for chief minister.

He said no conditions had been laid either by the PDP or the BJP for the government formation in the state as all the issues had been thrashed out in ‘Agenda of Alliance’ last year.

“This government will continue after the state mourning is over as per the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ in which all the issues that were between this alliance of North Pole and South Pole have been sorted out by Mufti sahib,” Beg said.

The PDP spokesperson said the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ between the two parties encompasses all the issues — both political as well as economic — and will form the guiding the document for the six-year term of the coalition. “I do not think there is any need for talks (with BJP). I do not see any issues that need to be resolved,” he added.

Asked about the speculation of Congress offering support to PDP for government formation, Beg only said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had come only to pay respects to Sayeed who had spent a long time in that party. “Soniaji and Azad Sahib came to pay respect to the person who had helped Congress take roots in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.