Positive developments on J&K govt formation expected soon: BJP

Jammu: Seeking to dispel any "doubts" over the continuance of its alliance with PDP, the BJP on Wednesday expressed hope that positive developments will take place soon as it waited for the coalition partner to make the first move.

The party was of the view that since the seven-day official mourning period is coming to an end on Wednesday, there will be forward movement on the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been under Governor's rule since last Friday following the demise of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

"We had received a letter from the governor asking us about our views on the government formation. I said that the coalition partner PDP needs to take the call," BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told reporters.

"Since there is a coalition government, it is up to PDP to decide after the demise of Mufti Sahab and we will move forward accordingly. There should not be any doubts over the coalition," he added.

Mehbooba Mufti. File photo. AFP

Mehbooba Mufti. File photo. AFP

Insisting that there are no differences between the two partners, BJP state president Sat Paul Sharma was of the view that positive developments will come very soon, in the next few days.

"There are no differences (between PDP and BJP coalition). As far as the question of government formation is concerned, we hope the atmosphere will change after the seven-day official mourning period," he said.

"We were hoping that something will happen after four days of 'churaum' (mourning), but after seven days of mourning, there will be some change in the atmosphere and very soon we will be able to take a decision," Sharma said.

Flanked by the former Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Sharma was replying to volley of questions over the government formation and the timing of swearing-in.

"We will soon give a new government to the people and ensure development in future at the same pace which took place during the ten months of our coalition government (headed by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed)", he said.

Sharma said that the previous government under Mufti had ensured development and peace in ten months period which none other government in the past has achieved during the same period and that pace of development would be continue further.

Asked whether PDP is resorting to delaying tactics for possible tie-up with other political parties, he said "there is no such question. As far as the talks are concerned, the family has not only lost their head of the family but state and the country has also suffered a great loss.

"It is a very short period till now as only a few days have passed after the death of Mufti Sahib. Things would soon be comfortable and we will soon come to a decision. The management of the government would be kept at highest place, he said.


Updated Date: Jan 13, 2016 21:35 PM

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