Ahead of Meeting JK Governor, BJP's Core Group to Meet Again

Published: 02nd February 2016 01:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2016 03:04 PM   |  A+A-


JAMMU: Ahead of the meeting with the Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra to clear its stand on government formation, BJP's core group will hold an important meeting in Jammu winter capital city today.            

BJP's three-member panel from its state's core group yesterday rushed to New Delhi and held consultations with central leadership before meeting the Governor to discuss  government formation. This is the second core group meeting in past 24 hours.        

"At 4 PM, we will hold a meeting of core group to discuss the issue. The panel which had gone to New Delhi for meeting with central leadership will brief us", BJP's General Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Koul told PTI. He said that after the meeting, the BJP team will meet the Governor over the issue.       

Replying to a question on uncertainty over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Koul said, "From our side there is positivity and we feel the same from other side. There is no uncertainty from BJP side". He maintained that the party is sticking to the "agenda of alliance" but "adamancy is from PDP".            

A three-member panel of former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, state BJP Chief Sat Sharma and Jammu MP Jugal  Kishore had gone to New Delhi yesterday soon after core  group meeting here and discussed the issue with central  leadership last evening.     

After tough talk by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, BJP yesterday made it clear that it will not come under any pressure over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir even as it is  committed to the common minimum programme chalked out last  year. On the eve of meeting Governor N N Vohra to convey its  stand, BJP put the onus of carrying forward the alliance on  PDP, saying Mehbooba has to take a call on continuing the  road-map laid by her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.          

The political crisis in Jammu and Kashmir arose after  Sayeed died on January 7. Sayeed's daughter and PDP Chief Mehbooba said on Sunday that before taking a call on continuing the alliance,  she wants to "reassess" whether the Narendra Modi government  would take substantive steps within a 'set time-frame' to  address the "core" political and economic issues of the state.         

After Core group meeting yesterday in Jammu, State BJP  chief Sat Sharma told reporters that there was "no concrete"  demand or condition from PDP in writing.        The Governor has written to leaders of the two parties  asking them to clarify their stand on government formation by  today.            

PDP, with 27 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly and BJP with 25 legislators, ran a coalition government headed by Mufti Sayeed for 10 months before his demise on January 7.  

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