PDP, BJP to form govt in J-K; Mehbooba to be CM, Nirmal deputy CM

March 25:The BJP on Friday accepted the proposal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to form a coalition government, after more than two months of governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP said both parties will meet the governor to hand over a letter of support, with Nirmal Singh being projected as the party’s nomination for deputy chief minister again.

“PDP had approached us for the government formation. The proposal was discussed in the meeting of the legislatures and it was agreed unanimously. The proposal of Nirmal Singh as deputy CM was also agreed,” BJP state unit president Sat Sharma told media on Friday after a meeting with the PDP. Sharma further added that the party would support the PDP’s candidate for chief minister.

Sharma said consultations were being held with the PDP on government constitution, following which the parties will meet governor NN Vohra. Vohra had in fact summoned both parties separately on Friday to discuss government formation.

“We were scheduled to meet the governor at 5:30 pm, but will inform him to postpone meeting. A small group of two or three leaders from each party will hold deliberations before meeting him,” Sharma said. The government will run on an agreed agenda of alliance, and there will be no change in the agreement, he added.

Party national general secretary Ram Madhav and minister of state Jitendra Singh were at the meeting that was held a day after Mehbooba Mufti was elected as the PDP’s leader in Srinagar on Thursday.

After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, Mehbooba said she would take a final decision regarding the government formation and PDP-BJP alliance after consulting with her party MLAs in the legislature meeting.

The BJP had earlier said that it was committed to the implementation of the agenda of alliance. Jitendra Singh even went as far as stating that there was never a breakdown in communication between the coalition partners.

“There were no differences. But, when you are in a coalition, we have to accommodate each other’s priorities and each other’s preferences,” Singh had earlier said.

The state government in Jammu and Kashmir was suspended on January 8, a day after the death of chief minister and PDP president, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The state has since been under governor’s rule.

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