J&K govt formation: Mehbooba wants coalition, but on her terms

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New Delhi, Jan 12: Tense and anxious moments over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continue. Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP who is all set to become the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the death of her father has not indicated anything clearly to the BJP as yet.

Sources say that the government with the BJP will continue, but it may be a rocky ride. Mehbooba on the other hand does not appear to be in any hurry to take over as the Chief Minister and this has led to more speculation.

J&K govt formation: Mehbooba wants coalition, but on her terms.
Hard bargain?

BJP sources say that there is no indication as yet from the PDP. The BJP too will decide on the next course of action only after there are some signals from the PDP. However sources also add that Mehbooba will not break the coalition, but may go in for a hard bargain.

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All the speculation was created following the visit by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to Mehbooba's residence in Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress however termed it as a non-political visit. Sonia Gandhi had visited Mehbooba to offer her condolences, the Congress claimed.

Before giving any commitment to the BJP, Mehbooba is expected to push for a hard bargain. A package for Jammu and Kashmir is what is likely to be the first demand by the PDP chief, sources say.

Further Mehbooba would also like to put to rest a rumour floated post her father's death that the BJP was looking to rotate the post of Chief Minister.

In addition to this there are some emotive issues as well which could be holding Mehbooba back. The buzz within the PDP was that she was upset that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not visit her father in hospital or turn up at the funeral.

The BJP's Ram Madhav who played a vital role in bringing this coalition however said yesterday that no demands had been made. We hope to continue with this engagement, he had also said.

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