J&K government formation: BJP ready to wait, but will make no new promises to Mehbooba Mufti

As Jammu and Kashmir still waits for its new government to take shape, a fortnight after chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away, the BJP is in no mood to give any new “assurances” to the PDP on contentious issues, a top source said.

At the same time, the BJP was unlikely to create “undue pressure” at this juncture and was prepared to give PDP time to get ready for government formation, the source said.

As far as the BJP is concerned, it favoured retaining its terms of engagement with the PDP that existed when Mufti was chief minister, when his daughter Mehbooba Mufti steps into his shoes. The takeover is apparently not going to be as smooth as was expected.

While sources said that there have been no formal talks between the allies, there were indications that the PDP wanted certain assurances from the BJP. These included time-bound review of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and its revocation, at least from two places. The PDP has maintained that central laws in the state did not serve their purpose. The BJP had agreed to set up a review committee, but beyond that the party is unlikely to make any new promises, sources said.

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