Day 7: PDP, BJP continue to play waiting game

Srinagar: The People’s Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the leading contenders for a coalition government in the state, continued their waiting game Tuesday on the seventh day of the stalemate over government formation.
Rumours, endless analyses, unconfirmed reports, media leaks over the past few days suggest the two have already reached an agreement over the nature of the future dispensation but prefer to wait it out so that it becomes easier for the PDP to sell the idea in the Valley where it sought votes to keep BJP out.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti left for Jammu for a meeting with Governor NN Vohra on Wednesday. Vohra had invited both PDP and BJP to Raj Bhavan for discussions before January 1.
About Mehbooba’s meeting, PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akthar sounded a word of caution. He said that no breakthrough shall be expected soon after Mehbooba’s meeting with the Governor.
“It is an evolving situation and not concrete has come to fore yet. The situation continues to remain the same,” Akhtar said.
Earlier, Akhtar told PTI, “We are not ready with any solution as yet. It is a very difficult situation and we are trying our best to convert this into an opportunity for the welfare of the state, its economic development and ending political uncertainty about it.”
To prepare ground for an alliance, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has been consulting his party legislators, senior workers and civil society members for the past three days, Akhtar said.
All speculations over the future coalition have ruled out the “grand alliance” comprising PDP, NC, Congress and some of the seven independents, although PDP maintained the idea was still under its consideration.
Congress spokesman Salman Soz said on Sunday that his party, which floated the idea of the “grand alliance”, had not been approached either by PDP or the NC. The National Conference on Monday said it won’t be part of any grand alliance and reiterated its offer of unconditional support to the PDP.
Hinting that PDP was not serious about an alliance with non-BJP parties, state Congress president Saif-ud-din Soz cautioned Sayeed against an alliance with BJP.
“Personally, I will only like to caution Sayeed on the dangers of a minuscule minority here (in Kashmir) which suggests development plank for seeking special favour from the ruling class in Delhi,” Soz told PTI.
Soz said the Prime Minister of India had no special largesse to offer to states with BJP in government.
“How otherwise can the governments in West Bengal, Kerela, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Tripura … function?” Soz said.