Mehbooba readies for coronation

Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party on Saturday finally staked claim for the government, which it will be co-governing with BJP, following an 11-week-long stalemate.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and senior party leaders Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Tariq Hamid Karra, who were accompanied by BJP leader Nirmal Singh, met Governor NN Vohra in the afternoon.
While Mehbooba staked the claim, Nirmal presented a letter of support for the PDP to the Governor.
However, the two parties did not announce when the government will take oath.
Sources in both parties said the date will be decided according to “convenience” and the ceremony is likely to be held in the first week of April.
It was learnt the PDP legislator Haseeb Drabu will finalise the date of oath taking ceremony with the BJP.
“Mehbooba Mufti and Nirmal Singh informed the governor that they were engaged in discussions and will very soon intimate to him about the mutually convenient date,” said an official statement released by the information department.
On Thursday, Mehbooba was named as PDP Legislature Party leader and chief minister nominee by her party legislators two-and-a-half months after her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s demise.
She had been demanding confidence building measures and faithful adherence to the Agenda for Alliance the two parties had agreed upon last year. However, after a meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi, she said “she was satisfied” by his assurances.
Soon after staking the claim at the Raj Bhawan, Mehbooba thanked the BJP for its support to her over government formation.
“The government’s agenda will be peace, development and reconciliation. We are thankful to the BJP for extending their support. We respect the coalition formed during the late Mufti Sahib’s time,” she said.
She added, “I am we very satisfied with the assurances we received from the Prime Minister.”