J&K Government formation: BJP slams PDP’s ‘grand alliance’ plan

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Srinagar, Dec 30: A day after PDP hinted of a ‘grand alliance" with its arch rival National Conference (NC) and the Congress to form the new Government in Jammu & Kashmir, the BJP on Tuesday lashed out at the proposal, says media reports.

The BJP which got three seats less than PDP's 28 said that it is Congress's ploy to stay relevant in the State.

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According to a report in NDTV, state BJP leader Bali Bhagat also called such an alliance anti-Jammu. The BJP has won all its 25 seats from the Jammu region and none from the Kashmir.

Making a bid for getting into power for the first time in the Muslim-majority state, BJP has held talks with both the PDP as well as the NC, which has verbally promised its support to keep out the saffron party.

PDP chief spokesman Nayeem Akthar's statement that a grand alliance between the party, NC and Congress "was also an option" to form a stable government led to speculation on whether it was a tactic to put pressure on BJP to which PDP has set tough conditions including retention of Art 370 that grants special status to the state.

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Meanwhile, Nirmal Singh, MLA who was Chairman of BJP's campaign committee during the elections, said that his party is in talks with other parties and "all our options are open".

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is slated to meet Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday for discussing government formation. "The meeting of Mehbooba Mufti, Member of Parliament and President of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with the Governor has been advanced to take place on Wednesday at the Raj Bhavan in Jammu," a Raj Bhavan spokesman said.

Vohra has also invited the BJP for talks on Government formation.

OneIndia News
(With agency inputs)

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