NEW DELHI: With the PDP-BJP alliance in J&K stuck at a roadblock, the Congress on Monday charged the two parties with “violating” the mandate of the people by not forming the government in the sensitive border State — making it a rather rare instance of an opposition party egging the rival coalition on to the seat of power. The alliance has been in limbo after Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s demise, so much so that J&K Governor N N Vohra, in a last-ditch attempt, has called PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and BJP State chief Sat Pal Sharma for a meeting on Tuesday to end the uncertainty.
Citing this political instability — the State has been put under President’s Rule yet again — Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the uncertainty and frequent flip-flop of the PDP was leading to a serious situation in the sensitive State.
“PDP-BJP is ignoring the fundamental democratic mandate of the people in the sensitive State. They have been elected to govern and even a minute’s delay is not good,” said Singhvi, ruling out possibility of any other formation, including the Congress stepping in with the aid of Independents.
For her part Mehbooba’s said to be “under tremendous pressure from PDP workers” to get some formal assurance from the Centre that there would implementation of the promised development work, the justification given by Mufti for tying up with the BJP.
PDP leaders and former ministers on the contrary seem rather keen to get the government going, favouring a quick resolution of the imbroglio.
In the absence of a fresh statement of intent from the BJP, sources said they’ve advised Mehbooba to just stick to extracting a commitment on the implementation of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP).
However, the BJP central leadership has made no moves to appease the PDP. In fact, sources said the BJP top brass “is upset” over the statements emanating from the PDP meeting, particularly Mehbooba’s remarks.
Quite significantly, neither BJP chief Amit Shah nor Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made any attempt to personally reach out to Mehbooba. Nor was she invited to Delhi for talks, making the rapprochement difficult.
In a similar situation, when Mufti had threatened to pull the plug on the earlier Congress-PDP alliance government on the issue of non-implementation of CMP, Pranab Mukherjee and A K Antony had rushed to Srinagar.
Thereafter, the duo escorted Mufti to Delhi and a committee for implementation of CMP was set up to tide over the crisis. However, the Modi dispensation has made no such moves.
Instead, a top BJP minister, when asked about the fate of the alliance on Saturday, quipped “Omar (Abdullah) can make a volte face”.