Mehbooba Mufti has ‘positive’ talks with PM Narendra Modi over J&K govt formation

March 22:  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti met Prime MinisterNarendra Modi in the capital on Tuesday and hinted after the talks that a government inJammu and Kashmir may be formed soon.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the PM at his official 7, Race Course Road residence here, Mehbooba said the talks with Mr Modi were “positive”.

Saying that she was satisfied with the talks, the PDP chief said she has called a Legislature Party meet of her party’s MLAs on Thursday where she will discuss the next step on government formation.

When asked further, Mehbooba said, “Naturally, when you meet the PM and have positive talks, the way is cleared for the resolution of problems being faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

The state has been without a government for over two months now following the demise of then PDP president and chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

President’s Rule was imposed in the state following deadlock in talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the PDP over government formation.

This was Mehbooba’s second visit to the national capital in five days – she had held talks with BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday. But, that meeting failed to resolve the deadlock and in the days ahead some tough statements were issued.

The BJP had made it clear that it was not ready to accept any new conditions for the formation of a coalition government in J&K.

However, on Monday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley extended an olive branch and said, “we stand fully committed as far as agenda of governance is concerned” in J&K.

While the PDP has 27 MLAs in the 87-member state Assembly, the BJP has 25.

The two had formed the government in the state based on an ‘Agenda of Alliance’ document.

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