After months of stalemate over J&K government formation, today I am very satisfied: Mufti after meeting with Modi

New Delhi: Deadlock over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir seems to have ended with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a meeting which she described as "very positive" and "good" in addressing issues pertaining to the people of the state.

Mehbooba drove to the Prime Minister's residence barely three days after PDP and BJP had hit a road block with BJP's chief interlocutor Ram Madhav announcing that his party would not be accepting any fresh demands from its erstwhile ally PDP.

Emerging after a 30-minute-long meeting with the Prime Minister, Mehbooba said she had a "very positive meeting and a good meeting" with him.

"We are seeing a stalemate for last two to three months over government formation in the state but today I am
satisfied. I am very satisfied," she told reporters in Delhi.

To a question whether the stalemate has ended, she said, "When you meet the Prime Minister of the country, naturally the solution to the problems faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir is more clear".

She will be flying back to Srinagar where she will brief her party legislators on Thursday. "I had been authorised by the party MLAs to take a decision. I have convened a meeting on Thursday and after that we will announce the future course of action."

After months of stalemate over J&K government formation, today I am very satisfied: Mufti after meeting with Modi

A file photo of Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

On government formation in the state, she said, "As I said I will talk to my MLAs because that is the forum. This is not the place. There is a particular place to make such announcements. I will go back to Srinagar and take the next step."

Mehbooba came to Delhi on Monday after PDP make it clear to BJP that there was some miscommunication and no fresh demands had been raised by the party for stiching an alliance.

This is her second visit to the national capital in five days after her talks with BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday failed to make any headway triggering speculation that the two parties could be making renewed efforts to reach out to each other in a bid to break the prolonged impasse.

Mehbooba had a meeting with her senior party colleagues, including former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, during which final touches were given for the meeting with the Prime Minister, sources said.

The fresh efforts from PDP, which has 27 MLAs in the 87-member state Assembly, comes in the backdrop of repeated assertions made by BJP that it was committed to implementation of Agenda of Alliance arrived at by late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

The talks with BJP, which has 25 MLAs, had hit a roadblock last week when the party's interlocutor Ram Madhav made it clear that no fresh demands would be entertained from PDP and that they had to decide whether they want to form a government based on the Agenda of Alliance document.

The toughening of stand came as a surprise for Mehbooba who boarded a plane on last Friday and returned to the state.

PDP MP Muzzafar Hussain Baig, who has been playing a key role in the backchannel talks, had clarified that PDP had made no fresh demands and that there was a miscommunication from both sides leading to derailing of talks.

PDP and BJP had formed an alliance on 1 March, last year with Sayeed as the Chief Minister. Both the sides had formed an Agenda of Alliance which sought to address internal and external dimension of the state.

PDP had toughened its stance after Sayeed's demise by seeking concrete plans for the state's development, including
handing over of power projects to the state and vacation of land by the army before the coalition could be revived.

Governor's rule was imposed in J-K on 8 January after Mehbooba decided against taking over the reins after her
father's death.


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Updated Date: Mar 22, 2016 13:56:40 IST

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