Srinagar: A day after governor NN Vohra took over the reins of the state, following a 16-day deadlock over government formation, Bharatiya Janata Party said the state will soon have a stable government.
“We hope to have a stable government. BJP obviously will be a part of that government. We will have a stable government in Jammu and Kashmir soon,” PTI reported BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav as telling reporters in Kochi.
Madhav, who has been holding discussions with the People’s Democratic Party leaders for an alliance, said although his party wants that a government should be formed soon, it will not give any deadlines.
“Yes it is taking some time. We hope to bring some kind of arrangement soon,” Madhav said.
With 28 seats in the 87-member state Assembly, PDP is the largest political party but 16 short of the 44 seats needed to form the government on its own. It has turned down offers of support from Congress (12 seats) and National Conference (15 seats) and shown interest in a tie-up with the BJP, which has 25 seats, all from Jammu region.
Last week, a PDP-BJP tie-up appeared imminent when BJP in charge of Kashmir affairs Ramesh Arora said that the talks between the two have entered a decisive phase and the PDP has accepted its three conditions it said would form the basis of any alliance— no compromise on sovereignty and national integrity, development and balanced development of all regions of the state.
Arora had said both parties will discuss prickly issues such as AFSPA, Article 370, self-rule, dialogue with Pakistan and separatists in the structured dialogue that was supposed to be held last week but fell through.
But before the formal talks could be held, PDP was non-committal. At the time Arora spelled out the dates for formal talks, PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar told Kashmir Reader that talks have not reached a stage where contentious issues could be discussed.
Some reports suggested the only sore point coming in the way of a tie-up was the chief minister’s tenure: PDP wanted full six years for Mufti Mohammad Sayeed while BJP wanted the term to be split between the two parties.
When the formal talks did not happen, BJP accused PDP of playing “mind games” and hinted that it was going slow lest it shall be perceived as acting desperate.
Omar Abdullah, who had been asked by the governor to continue as an acting chief minister till a new government is formed, resigned on Friday, possibly to build pressure on the PDP to embrace BJP. Having sought votes by painting BJP as a pariah, PDP has been under pressure to give up efforts at a coalition with the saffron party.