PDP, BJP to clarify stand on govt formation today

PDP, BJP to clarify stand on govt formation today

Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti is scheduled to meet governor NN Vohra on Tuesday to tell him about her party’s stand on the government formation.
The development comes on the heels of Vohra’s call to Mehbooba and BJP state president Sat Sharma to clarify their stand on the government formation, which has been hanging in balance since the death of former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Mehbooba, who chaired the first formal meeting of the PDP legislative party meeting after Mufti’s death on Monday, was authorized by party legislators to meet Vohra.
The governor’s office had sent a fax to the PDP chief last evening. While Mehbooba will meet the governor in the afternoon, Sharma will meet him in the evening.
“The meeting was held to discuss the government formation and it depends on her what stand she will take,” said Naeem Akhtar, PDP leader.
Akhtar, however, did not spell out what the party would convey to the governor because “it will depend upon her (Mehbooba)”.
Sources said the legislators told Mehbooba that they have full faith in her and were even willing to fight fresh poll if she decides so.
“We want to carry forward Mufti sahib’s vision of development and peace. But in case Mehbooba decides to break up the alliance and call for fresh elections we are ready for that too,” said an MLA who attended the meeting.
A senior party leader, who was part of the meeting, said no “pre-condition” or “demand” has been set by the PDP but the party only wants an assurance from the saffron party on the implementation of the Agenda for Alliance, a name for a common minimum programme for governance.
A day ago, Mehbooba made it clear in the crucial party meet that she would continue the alliance her father had entered into 10 months ago only after the document is implemented in a time-bound manner.

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