PDP, BJP ‘to hold 8 ministries each’

Moazum Mohammad

Jammu: The BJP and PDP have agreed upon holding eight ministries each in the coalition government that has been finalised between the two and which might be announced soon after Assembly polls in Delhi are over.
The consensus on the ministries each party will get once the government is formed was reached during the ‘track-II’ dialogue PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said was in progress between the two.
While PDP will get the key ministries such as Home and Finance, apart from the full six-year term for Mufti as the chief minister, BJP will have Tourism, Rural Development, Education and Health.
“Both the parties have sorted out the differences over some berths and,” said a senior PDP leader.
Kashmir Reader has learnt Mufti will hold the charge of Home as well while Finance ministry will be headed by the party’s MLA from Rajpora, Haseeb Drabu. The party will also keep Agriculture ministry.
A PDP leader said that his party has prepared a blueprint for creating employment avenues for educated unemployed youth and has therefore insisted on keeping Finance ministry.
“Much stress will be laid on skill development of the educated youth. The government of India will set up its industries here as well. Also, support will be sought from MNCs to train youth and they will be requested to invest in the state,” the leader said.
The speaker of the Assembly will be a PDP member, while the deputy chief minister will be from BJP.
Both parties have given the impression that they have compromised on several key issues they campaigned for during the elections.
In that context, the BJP, which would like to capture India’s capital after having formed a government on its own, does not want to hand its opponents an issue by rushing into a coalition with the PDP.