Jaitley ‘counsels’ Mehbooba to follow her father

Jaitley ‘counsels’ Mehbooba to follow her father

Srinagar: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday put the ball in PDP’s court saying PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has to take the call on government formation.
“If we stick to agenda for governance in J&K there should be no problem, Mehbooba Mufti has to make up her mind,” said Jaitley in Off-the-cuff programme with noted journalist Shekhar Gupta in Mumbai.
Jaitley showered encomiums on late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and obliquely asked his daughter to follow his line. ““Mufti Sahib had evolved into a statesman; he was moderate in his tone. We lost him when state needed him the most”,
The Finance Minister said that the Centre was committed to help J&K as per the commitments in the Prime Minister Modi’s package. “We stand by J&K package PM had announced in toto,” he added.
When asked if the alliance with PDP can be considered as door shut, he said evaded a direct response. “The BJP and PDP, though ideologically different, had a commonality-the hung verdict by people of J&K”, he said.

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