JAMMU: The BJP on Sunday said that it has not received any fresh message or condition from its alliance partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the formation of new government in Jammu and Kashmir. The party said it is committed to pursue the ‘Agenda for Alliance’ in letter and spirit after the “first step” is taken by the PDP towards the government formation.
“The PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has to take the first step towards government formation in Jammu and Kashmir by getting elected as head of the PDP legislative party”, BJP’s State President Sat Sharma told Kashmir Reader. He said “They have set nor sent any new message or raised any new demand. Whatever we have agreed in the ‘Agenda for Alliance’ will be implemented in letter and spirit”, he said.
On being asked about the prolonged delay in government formation, Sharma said “We are ready for government formation. PDP should now understand that delay is leading to compounding of the problems of the commoners across Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti has to take the first step and not us.” He stressed that PDP should not delay the government formation any longer since the same is not in the interest of the people of the state.
When asked if NC is an option, Sat Sharma said, “We have to respect the mandate of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. And I need not to explain which parties have the mandate. I would not like to add anything more to this”, he said. About the Agenda for Alliance, he said that BJP is committed to implement it as former Chief Minister Late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed was the person who has formulated the agenda.
“We wish to see that the agenda brings the three regions closer to each other. Peace and prosperity would be possible only if all the three regions are developed at the same pace. That is why we want PDP to take the first step so that government comes-up well in time,” said Sharma. About the package, Sat Sharma said “State has already got Rs.80,000 crore package. What else should be given? Now the need is to start working on implementing the agenda.”
The PDP General Secretary Mehboob Iqbal said that PDP was waiting for New Delhi to give concrete assurances over the implementation of the ‘Agenda for Alliance’. “Power is not our motto. We simply want that people of J&K should feel the difference when the government is formed. Our leader Mehbooba Mufti has already made it clear that she does not want to sit on chair but desires to see that the BJP-PDP coalition brings peace, prosperity and development in all the three regions of the state,” Mehbooba said.