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BJP may push for 50:50 term for next J&K CM

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New Delhi: In the aftermath of the death of J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who led the coalition government, the BJP, which is a junior partner in the coalition, may bargain for a 50:50 formula for the rest of the chief ministerial term, the sources said, even as the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday named Mehbooba Mufti as its leader in the assembly.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Avinash Rai Khanna, who is in charge of party affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, said the chief ministerial issue has not been decided yet, and the party will take a call soon.

There has been no discussion over the issue of the chief ministerial candidate yet. When the matter comes up, the party will take a call,

“It is for the PDP to decide who will be its legislature party leader,” he said when asked about the Peoples Democratic Party nominating Mehbooba Mufti as its leader, in succession to her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Two senior PDP leaders, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and Altaf Bukhari, on Thursday, handed over a party letter to Governor NN Vohra nominating Mehbooba Mufti as the leader of its legislature group.

However, a top BJP functionary said that the party will push for the formula of 50:50 for the remainder of the chief ministerial term, meaning for half of the rest of the term the PDP would head the government and the BJP for the other half.

Mufti Saheb had proposed earlier too to consider Mehbooba as the chief minister when we were in talks for the formation of the government earlier, but we were not ready,

We had clearly said that if he himself opts for the top post, the BJP has no problem, but if Mehbooba would be projected, the BJP would go for 50:50 formula,” the BJP functionary said on condition of anonymity.

In the last assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party won 28 seats and the BJP 25. The opposition National Conference got 15 and the Congress 12.

BJP sources said the party’s parliamentary board, which is expected to meet on Sunday, will take the final call. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy: news.statetimes.in)

 

 

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Mourning period over, still no clarity on J&K government

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Jammu/Srinagar: The week-long state mourning on the death of J&K chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed ended on Wednesday, but the stalemate on government formation continued.

The state government had announced a seven-day mourning for Sayeed, who passed away on January 7 at AIIMS in New Delhi.

Despite a statement by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief spokesman Mehboob Beg on Tuesday that Mehbooba Mufti would be sworn-in as the chief minister of the state anytime after the official mourning ended, there was no word yet on government formation from Mehbooba, who is also the PDP president.

Asked to comment on the party spokesman’s statement, former education minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar told IANS: “We have not started formal deliberations on government formation yet.”

“I can only comment on government formation when formal deliberations are started by our party.”

Meanwhile, former state deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh of the coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party said in Jammu: “The call has to come from the PDP.”

“We were asked by the governor to respond on government formation. We wrote to the governor that the response of the party (BJP) would be communicated after the PDP comes forth to stake claim on government formation,” he said.

Sources in the PDP said Mehbooba Mufti has not spoken to anybody on government formation or becoming the chief minister in the state after Sayeed’s death.

Same sources said against the background of the PDP president not seeking or undertaking any consultations on government formation, the views expressed by party spokesman Mehboob Beg could best be described as “personal views of Mehboob Beg”. (IANS)