There was no sign of any moves today towards government formation in Jammu and Kashmir with the BJP saying that it was waiting for the first move by its coalition partner PDP which, however, maintained a mysterious silence.
BJP was of the view that since the seven-day official mourning period was ending today, there will be forward movement on the government formation in the state which is 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 after meeting Vohra.
Insisting that there should not be “any doubts” over the future of the coalition, he said, “The way the situation is. They need time and we are giving them. We feel the positive results will come very soon in next few days.” He said, “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.” PDP leader Naeem Akhtar, on the other hand, said, “We have not yet begun the formal process of consultations on government formation in the state. A decision on the issue can only be taken after the consultations get underway.” He refused to comment whether the PDP will continue its alliance with the BJP or look at other alternatives as well.
Late tonight, Akhtar made a cryptic comment that PDP had begun assessing the coalition government’s work of last 10 months and reviewing whether the Narendra Modi government had taken any decisions for fulfilling the vision of late Sayeed. “Mufti Sahib had a vision for making Jammu and Kashmir a modern state. Due to his death, his vision is yet to be realised. The party under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti will need to review how much we have succeeded in fulfilling Mufti Sahib’s vision,” he said.