You can’t form govt in air, says Mehbooba

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti has said she would not hesitate to chart a different course if New Delhi fails to announce the Confidence Building Measures, one of her demands for forming a coalition government with the BJP again.
Mehbooba, who has been camping in Jammu since Monday along with senior PDP leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig, told a meeting of PDP district and zonal presidents that she would “prefer to move ahead” if the announcements are not made.
“You can’t form a government in air. The point is how to create a conducive atmosphere so that if a new government is formed there is a way forward for creating goodwill among the people. And for it you need the support of the government. If we get it is fine, if not, then we will move on as we have been doing till now,” Mehbooba was quoted by a daily-based newspaper.
Mehbooba told reporters after a meeting with governor on Monday that CBMS will give a “fillip to the new government”. However, she has not explained as to what she meant by CBMs.
A senior PDP leader explained that the party wants the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government to announce the CBMs, including a dialogue with Pakistan as well internal stakeholders such as Hurriyat Conference. There has been no major headway between the two alliance partners since January 7, the day former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died.
On Thursday, governor NN Vohra appointed two advisors, which indicates the state might to have witness the direct central rule for some more time.
“We will have to strengthen our roots, go to the masses and carry forward that mission with renewed vigor, zeal and enthusiasm, which will be the biggest tribute to the great leader,” Mehbooba told the meeting, while announcing her party will soon launch a statewide membership drive.
Later, Baig told reporters that power is vital for every party but currently PDP is not interested in it.
“We are holding meetings for launching a membership drive,” he added.