Govt formation: Mehbooba to take call after BJP ‘convinces’ her

Srinagar: PDP on Sunday kept the guessing game on over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir even as its chief Mehbooba Mufti met senior leaders and made it clear that she will decide only after being “convinced” that BJP will take the objective of the alliance to its logical conclusion.
The party, however, termed as “presumption” whether fresh elections could be called in the state which is under Governor’s Rule since January 8, imposed a day after then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away.
Mehbooba, who is seen as the successor to her late father as Chief Minister, held four-hour long meeting with party leaders, who included MPs, MLAs, zonal presidents and block presidents, on the issue of government formation and “how to take forward Mufti’s vision of peace and development.”
One MP Tariq Karra, who has openly been opposing alliance with BJP, was not present in the meeting.
The government formation is not stuck but “it’s a process that will carry on”, party leader Naeem Akhtar said.
Giving details of the meeting, he said Mehbooba, who has already been authorized by the party to take a decision on government formation, told the meeting that she is “ready to take a call on it once she is convinced that the purpose and the objective of the alliance that Mufti had forged with Prime Minister Narendra Modi” would be taken to its logical conclusion.
The PDP chief said the “purpose of that (alliance) was not limited to government formation, but it was to take Jammu and Kashmir out of the trouble that it has faced for most part of its history”.
For Mufti, the alliance was based on “trust and belief that it will translate into real relief for the people of the state which ultimately would also serve the national interest and also bring peace into the sub-continent between India and Pakistan,” Mehbooba told the meeting held at her residence.
“That is why he (Mufti) always spoke about Indo-Pak relations even on his death bed and the other things which include the economic side of it so that the state is taken out of its problems,” Akhtar said.

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