PDP talks with saffron party still on track

PDP talks with saffron party still on track

Despite the Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) emphatic victory in Delhi elections and decimation of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said it would go ahead with negotiations with the saffron party over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources told Deccan Herald that while disagreeing with any such comparison, arguing that “Kashmir is not Delhi,” the PDP has reportedly rejected the possibility of re-election fearing it would send a wrong signal down the cadres.

“The party has even finalized the list of negotiating team which would enter into formal talks with BJP in a couple of days,” they said.

“The five member PDP negotiation team would be headed by senior leader and MP, Muzzafar Hussain Beigh which would finalize the arrangements of the alliance with the BJP once the common minimum programme (CMP) is given a final shape,” the sources added.

PDP chief spokesman Nayeem Akhtar confirmed that the informal channels between the two potential allies (the PDP and the BJP) were still on and people from both the parties were in touch to reach a consensus on the common minimum programme.

The speculations, that the PDP may seek a fresh election in the state in the wake of stunning victory by the AAP in Delhi, were rife in Kashmir particularly after the party patriarch Mufti Mohammad Sayeed issued a statement advising the BJP to “introspect and absorb the message from the Delhi electorate with sublimity.”

However, Akhter clarified the statement saying, “He (Mufti) is a statesman and a leader of national stature. He is concerned about what is happening in the country and must have realized that something must have gone wrong.”

Akhtar said, “He (Mufti) had issued a statement on January 25 that Modi has to be inclusive and ‘gharwapsi’ slogan wasn’t acceptable. Nothing serious should be read between the lines with regard to Monday’s statement.”

The Assembly polls in J&K threw a fractured verdict with the PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 seats but well short of 44 mark followed by BJP which bagged 25 seats. The National Conference had to content with 15 while Congress could only manage 12 seats. Seven seats went to independents and others.

The Delhi poll results had led to a debate in Kashmir over the ongoing talks between PDP and BJP over government formation with people even supporting re-elections in the State, on different social networking sites.

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