‘ALL IS NOT WELL’ between PDP-BJP
Jammu Tawi, April 21
Sensing trouble between coalition partners against the backdrop of prevailing political developments in Jammu and Kashmir Senior BJP leader and in-charge J&K Affairs Ram Madhav rushed to Jammu to yet again play as ‘middleman’ to keep the North Pole and the South Pole relationship intact to fulfil Agenda of Alliance Madhav also called on Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra here at the Raj Bhawan.
“Madhav this morning arrived here and chaired meeting with the state leadership at the party headquarters,” sources here said.
Sources said that Senior PDP leader and Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu was also present in the meeting.
The BJP stalwart according to sources discussed upcoming re-shuffling of portfolios in the BJP, recently held MLC elections, May 25 Lok Sabha elections for Anantnag Seat, remarks of Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga and other political developments. Pertinent to mention here that as per ‘coalition agreement’ BJP-PDP had to share two seats each in MLC polls but PDP rebel Independent candidate Mohammad Bakir Rizvi from Zanskar voted in favour of BJP candidate Vikram Randhawa, which equalled his votes with PDP candidate and later won by draw.
“Although in the seat sharing, BJP did not obey the ‘coalition dharma’ but PDP now want to have Legislative Assembly Speaker from the ruling side in the re-shuffle,” sources said.
One of the elected PDP MLCs and senior leaders yesterday did not attend the oath taking ceremony of the MLCs at Civil Secretariat. Sources further said that apart from discussion on shifting of portfolios, Madhav was also briefed about Ganga’s statement, which triggered tension in Kashmir Valley.
Ganga had said that those instigating the stone-pelters must be shot dead but he issued a clarification later saying that he was ‘misquoted’. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, State President Sat Sharma, Ashok Koul also attended the meeting.
Sources also said that Madhav discussed prevailing situation in detail with Dr Haseeb Drabu, adding, “the PDP has expressed resentment over taking three seats in MLC polls despite commitment of sharing two each.”
The BJP leaders also reviewed the arrangements for national president Amit Shah’s two-day visit to Jammu scheduled forApril 29. Meanwhile Madhav met the Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhawan, sources said and added, “he discussed political development taking place in the state presently besides law and order situation in the Kashmir valley.”