New Delhi, Mar 19: The PDP is under immense pressure now after the BJP said that it will not give into any more demands in a bid to form the government at Jammu and Kashmir.
The BJP had on Friday said that the talks with the PDP over the government formation had failed.
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One of the main demands that the BJP did not give into was the transfer of the power projects from the union to the state government. The BJP stood its ground and told the PDP that the agreement that was struck with the late Mufti Sayeed will continue and no fresh demands can be met.
Will PDP buckle?
So far Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed has not shown any signs of buckling. She appeared confident during a recent meeting with her party workers where she said that the PDP was ready to face the elections.
However many within the PDP feel that it would not be the right choice and too much bargaining today has put them on the back foot.
Many within the PDP had felt that there would be a breakthrough in Delhi. The BJP had given enough and more assurances regarding allocation of funds. Arun Jaitley the finance minister too had said that the BJP was ready to go a step further in a bid to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir.
The PDP leaders had been telling Mehbooba that a hard stance and continued delay would hurt the party in the long run. They even said that in the absence of a government the Governor of the state was taking all the decisions and this would do any good for the party.
The BJP has also decided to play the wait and watch game. The party does not want to give away too much to the PDP. In fact many BJP leaders feel that this is probably for the first time since the impasse that the party had taken a tough stance and this has put the PDP on the back-foot.
The BJP even went on to say that it was the duty of the PDP to appoint the leader.
If the PDP continues to delay the formation of the government, then it would be up to the governor to take a final call. The governor can dissolve the assembly in April as there has been no sitting of the legislative assembly for a period of six months.
However some experts have argued that the six month period should be counted from the date of President's rule being imposed.