PDP-BJP govt in J&K likely by March

 The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have reached some common grounds over formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir by early next month.

Sources said the back channel talks between the two parties, which have been going on for the last several days, have finally reached to some consensus over contentious issues.

However, sources said, before the final announcement is made PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, who is likely to be the next chief minister, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi to finalise the modalities to be shared by the two allies.

“All the contentious issues between the two allies have been almost resolved and if every thing goes right, a government will be in place by the start of next month,” a senior BJP leader told Deccan Herald on the condition of anonymity.

On February 2, the saffron leadership had categorically said it would “not succumb to PDP pressure” for any deviation from the common minimum programme (CMP) — the document outlining objectives of the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

However, according to the BJP leader, the party wants the arrangement with the PDP to stay for the sake of “peace and development in the state.” Sources said the former deputy chief minister and senior state BJP leader Nirmal Singh discussed government formation with the party high command in New Delhi on Thursday

“Ahead of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav’s meeting with Mehbooba Mufti, likely on February 13, the BJP high command held a closed door meet with its state unit at the head office in New Delhi,” they said.

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