Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti reiterated that she is not averse to heading the alliance with BJP forged by her late father 10 months ago, but insisted that New Delhi should announce Confidence Building Measures that will give a “fillip to the new government”.
“Jammu and Kashmir is a different state and the government of India needs to take some steps that can give new fillip to the government. My father didn’t think about electoral politics as he had expectations from Modi Ji,” Mehbooba told reporters in Jammu after meeting governor NN Vohra.
However, she did not elaborate on what she meant by CBMs.
She also dismissed suggestions that there are differences between her party and BJP.
Mehbooba and BJP state president Sat Sharma met Vohra, who had invited them to Raj Bhavan to clarify their stand on the government formation. Both have sought more time.
In her first interaction with the media, Mehbooba said she believed in her father’s “commitment and conviction”, indicating that she was not considering divorcing the saffron party.
“I neither have the vision nor goodwill my father had but I respect his vision,” she said and added that she told Vohra that Jammu and Kashmir requires a government that will actively address problems confronting its people.
“Although the PDP faced various challenges in the 10 months of its alliance with BJP, unfortunately, Mufti Sahab’s resolute decision was not reciprocated by the central government the way he expected it to be,” she added.
Earlier, Mehbooba held a 25-minute meeting with former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh at Jammu’s Circuit House. The duo, sources said, discussed the government formation and Singh assured her of BJP’s support.
Although he said that PDP-BJP coalition government will be formed again, he did not say when.
A senior PDP leader told Kashmir Reader that Mehbooba wants the assurance over the implementation of the Agenda for Alliance should come from Modi.
“In fact, she also wants a revision on the PM’s economic package and further liberal assistance from the central government. She wants Indo-Pak dialogue as well as talks with separatists,” the leader said.