Srinagar: The BJP is hopeful of a breakthrough between the PDP and BJP alliance after the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s “extra-mile” remarks in Parliament. Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said communication lines between the two former alliance partners ‘are quite active’ these days.
“We are expecting a breakthrough and there are positive indications. But we don’t have a timeframe for government formation,” Singh told Kashmir Reader.
Since the last two months, speculations have been rife about stitching of the alliance again after the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7. Singh said there was no “hurdle” that holds them back from forming the government again.
Since January 8, a day after Mufti’s death, the state has been placed under Governor’s rule. Mehbooba has since then been saying that she will form a coalition government with the BJP again only after she is given a guarantee by New Delhi that state-centric CBMs will be announced before she assumes charge. The two parties shared power for 10 months.
“We have set the conditions and a mere political statement will re-establish the alliance again. But nothing significant has emerged between the two parties to stitch the coalition again,” said a senior PDP leader.
It is believed Mehbooba would hold some key meeting with the BJP top brass in New Delhi, where she is currently.