Govt formation: NC’s offer of support to PDP finds no takers

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: A day after National Conference formally offered its support to PDP for government formation in the state, the latter on Wednesday dismissed it as political chicanery and said the party of Abdullahs has been reduced to margins of Kashmir politics.
Indicating that the PDP was in no mood to accept NC’s offer and enter into an alliance with it, party’s chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said, “They are trying to impose their will and decide about government formation. But NC must realise that they are margins of Kashmir politics. With just 15 seats they are in no position to call the shots.”
The offer is “pure political chicanery,” Akhtar told Kashmir Reader. “They know they have to remain out of power for six years, hence they want to denigrate Kashmir politics,” he said.
On Tuesday, NC unambiguously ruled out any tie-up with the BJP but offered its formal and unconditional support to PDP which emerged as single largest party with 28 seats in the elections. NC’s formal offer came in response to PDP leadership’s argument that it hadn’t received any formal communication from the party.
The PDP, meanwhile, has not terminated its negotiations with the BJP, as admitted by its spokesman. He said the PDP was in contact with the BJP and if they are able to produce something positive they will form a government that “will promote peace, reconciliation, LoC trade and travel, and take it to a next level for revocation of APSPA.”
The BJP, on the other hand, also took potshots at the NC and said the latter’s offer of support was a pressure tactic to keep the PDP away power.
Ramesh Arora, BJP’s state vice-president said the NC has no role in government formation and its offer of support to PDP is a one-sided affair.
“PDP isn’t ready to enter into an alliance with the NC. This is one-sided affair and a way to keep the PDP out of power. NC’s offer is like a marriage proposal where a bride is unwilling to marry. It’s like begaani shaadi main dulha deewana,” Arora told Kashmir Reader.
Even if the NC-PDP tie-up materialises, Arora said their government would ignore Jammu as both the parties have no mandate in that region. BJP has 25 seats from Jammu region and none from the Kashmir Valley.
“Though we would accept it (NC-PDP alliance), it will be an unrealistic one. There’s distrust among both the parties, although NC is eager to form an alliance. Both the parties must understand the harsh reality that there will be no proper representation to Jammu,” Arora added.
Arora said the BJP’s ‘informal’ negotiations were going on with PDP and the “outcome is quite positive.”
“We are hopeful,” he said. “Some groups were creating pressure on PDP not to enter into an alliance with the BJP. But those groups are simply not working in the interest of public. Flood-hit victims are waiting for relief and rehabilitation and we have kept these things in mind,” he said.
“We had reservations about PDP during elections. Our leaders did term PDP as baap-beti sarkar. But for national and public interest we have to keep political motives aside,” he added.