Government formation: Announcement ‘in 3-4 days’

Government formation: Announcement ‘in 3-4 days’

Iqbal Kirmani

Srinagar: Formation of new government in J&K would be announced “in next three to four days as there is a consensus that PDP should get the full term of chief ministership,” BJP said Wednesday.
“An announcement for the government formation will be out in next 3-4 days,” BJP’s state secretary Ashok Koul told reporters here on the sidelines of membership drive launched by the party.
Explaining why stitching up the alliance with the PDP was taking time, Koul said there was a “slight difference of opinion” on the issue of chief ministership.
“It has been resolved now,” he said. “There is a consensus in the BJP that PDP should get the full term of chief ministership.” He, however, added that the deputy CM would be from the BJP.
It’s the first official confirmation about government formation from any leader of the BJP or the PDP.
The election results threw fractured mandate in the 87-member Assembly. The PDP emerged as the largest political party grabbing 28 seats, followed by the BJP with 25; the National Conference bagged 15 seats while the Congress got 12.
Meanwhile, BJP claimed that it has “comfortably” added 65,000 new members to its party ranks in the state.
Munish Sharma, BJP’s secretary and incharge of the membership drive for J&K, said the aim of party is to attract 4.5 lakh new members from Kashmir Valley alone.
“We wish to achieve the target of 11 lakh members from all over the state,” Munish said, adding that the party intends to attract ten thousand members from each constituency of the Valley.
“We wanted to start this drive earlier but it got delayed because of the floods and the elections. Our aim is to reach every household in the Valley and connect them with the party,” said Munish.
The membership in Srinagar, however, encountered protests by shopkeepers in Lal Chowk as the BJP members had parked their vehicles in front of shops, blocking the roads and shoving away customers.
The protesting shopkeepers shouted slogans against BJP and the traffic police while downing their shutters.
“They can’t do politics at the cost of our business,” the protesters shouted. “What interest do we have in a party which is insensitive to problems of Kashmiris? Lal Chowk is not their parking lot,” they added.
The protests prompted police to swing into action and the BJP party workers were asked to remove their vehicles to other places.