Govt Formation: BJP leaders likely to visit Valley

Srinagar: A day after Peoples Democratic party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed hinted on coalition with BJP for government, the Saffron party leadership has directed party general secretary (organization) Ashok Koul to hold a meeting with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders.
According to a local news agency KNS, sources in the BJP said that the high command after meeting state BJP leadership in New Delhi on Saturday, asked its senior state leader Ashok Koul to reach to Kashmir and discuss the way forward with PDP on government formation.
“On the direction of Party Chief, Koul is arriving in Kashmir from New Delhi on Tuesday and will meet PDP leadership with regard to the government formation,” one of the state BJP leaders wishing anonymity said. He added that Koul is also likely to brief the press.
However, sources said that the formal announcement about the government formation between the PDP and the BJP will be made only after February 7.
“The BJP brass has got a message from the PDP leadership that the certain controversial issues could be set aside. There has been a positive initiative from PDP side. To take this forward, the BJP leadership discussed to hold further discussions on the issues (with PDP). In this regard Koul will reach Kashmir and meet PDP top leaders,” they said.
A senior BJP leader confirmed that Koul is arriving in Kashmir on Tuesday. “I can tell you that we have received the communication by the party that Koul Sahab is arriving here on Tuesday,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources said that Ram Madhav is also likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir at the end of this week to hold talks with PDP over government formation. The BJP has won the second highest seats in J&K, at 25 three less than the PDP in J&K’s fractured verdict. If they join hands, the PDP, a key regional party and the BJP will have a comfortable majority in the House of 87 members.
It is to mention here that BJP state leaders, who were called to New Delhi on Friday by party high command, include MP and former state president, Jugal Kishore Sharma, National Executive Member and newly-elected MLA, Dr Nirmal Singh, and General Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul.