BJP, PDP leaders meet Guv

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: Leaders from BJP and PDP on Wednesday met Governor NN Vohra and apprised him about the progress on government formation.
While PDP MLA-elect from Rajpora constituency Haseeb Drabu represented his party, the BJP delegation was led by its national general secretary Ram Madhav.
Confirming the development, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said the delegations apprised Vohra about the ongoing negotiations between the two parties.
Earlier, Madhav held a closed door meet with its newly MLA-elects directing them to ‘support’ Rajya Sabha candidates nominated by both the parties.
A senior BJP leader, who attended the meeting, said it was aimed at making strategy for the party during the RS polls slated on February 7. “Officially, we were directed to support each other in the RS polls as it’s a compulsion in a coalition,” the leader told Kashmir Reader.
During the meeting, the party legislators were informed by the top leadership about the developments on the PDP-BJP front. “It’s a deal done and positive signs are emerging,” the leader said.
Sources said both the parties have made headway on Common Minimum Programmme (CMP), basis for government formation and have sorted out differences during the ‘track-II’ dialogue. “Talks are progressing well during informal dialogue. But we haven’t set any time frame for the government formation,” PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar told Kashmir Reader.
BJP state president Jugal Kishore admitted the progress in government formation, saying the saffron party would become part of the government without giving any deadline.
“Basically, we are concentrating on RS polls and no deadline has been fixed on the government formation,” he told Kashmir Reader. He said since the party was contesting on two seats only which indicates the two have been left for the alliance partner. “Our party is sure to win two seats and we left two seats, and you can guess yourself why we left it,” Kishore added.