Mehbooba in Delhi again, may meet Modi

Mehbooba in Delhi again, may meet Modi

Srinagar: Two days after the BJP said that no new demands can be accepted as pre-condition for government formation in J&K, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti left for New Delhi on Monday to resume talks with the saffron party leadership, which may include PM Narendra Modi.
Mehbooba’s departure to the Indian capital has renewed hopes that the two former coalition partners would stitch the alliance again. The hopes were rekindled after union finance minister Arun Jaitley assured on Sunday that his party was committed to the ‘agenda of governance’ in J&K.
BJP sources said Mehbooba is likely to meet Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday, and an announcement about the government formation is subject to the outcome of that meeting.
The government formation has been in limbo since January 7, as Mehbooba had refused to continue the alliance her father had cobbled up with BJP last year.
A majority of the first-time PDP legislators are eager to see the alliance with the saffron party continue because midterm polls will dampen the party’s prospects.
The PDP legislators have already conveyed their reluctance about snap polls because of “lack of development” in their 10-months rule.
“What will we offer to the voters? We have not implemented what we committed in last polls,” said a PDP legislator.
Sources close to Mehbooba said she realises that she cannot afford to affront the government of India even if she is reelected.
“So it has become imperative for the party to join the alliance or else it has to be in the Opposition for long,” said a former PDP minister.
BJP state president Sat Sharma, who returned from New Delhi today, said “they will not commit anything outside the Agenda of Alliance”.

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