Srinagar, Feb 2 (IBNS): With Jammu and Kashmir governor N.N. Vohra asking coalition partners Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) to meet him on Tuesday on the government formation in the state, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is meeting the former deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh in Jammu, according to media reports.
Jammu and Kashmir was placed under the Governor's rule on Jan 8 after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away on Jan 7 in New Delhi, and Mehbooba Mufti did not step forward to stake claim to form the government owing to differences with the BJP, the alliance partner in the previous government.
“Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took a courageous, although unpopular, decision of aligning with BJP with the hope that the Central Government headed by Mr Narendra Modi will take decisive measures to address the core political and economic issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir and its people,” PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said while addressing a meeting of the party leaders, legislators and office-bearers convened here in Srinagar.
Mehbooba said unfortunately, instead of partnering with and implementing Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s vision of bringing peace, stability and prosperity to Jammu and Kashmir, certain quarters, both within J&K and in New Delhi, started overtly and covertly triggering frequent controversies over avoidable contentious issues resulting in wastage of the State Government’s energies in firefighting and propitiation.
Government of India shall have to take substantive measures towards implementation of the PDP-BJP “Agenda of Alliance” in the interest of peace and stability in J&K and for this PDP needs a set time frame to be worked out, said Mehbooba.
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