Srinagar, Dec 26: Even as former chief minister Omar Abdullah denied that the National Conference (NC) will support the BJP in forming a new government in Jammu and Kashmir, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav said the party was exploring all options to provide a stable government to the state.
Speaking to reporters here on Friday, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Madhav said: “We are exploring all options. The issue is how we can provide a stable government to the state and the discussions are at a preliminary stage now.”
Madhav said: “Our discussions have not reached that stage where we decide the Chief Minister of the state.”
Another senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh said: “Public has given mandate to BJP to form government. We will make chief minister of BJP and there are around 30 to 35 MLAs supporting us, according to my calculation.”
Singh further said: “Public want good governance, employment and issues of refugees are the major concerns in Jammu and Kashmir. Our duty is to make government as public has given mandate to us.”
Omar Abdullah scotching speculation on Thursday tweeted: “So many stories doing the rounds about a BJP NC deal. Let me say this as strongly as possible – THERE IS NO DEAL NOR ANY DISCUSSION going on.”
A news agency quoted a Jammu-based leader of the NC as saying a tie-up with the BJP, the second largest party in the state, was never possible because of the fundamental differences between the two.
The denial came amid reports that the BJP, which has 25 members in the 87-member assembly, was exploring the possibilities of tying up with the NC, which has 15 MLAs.
There were reports that Abdullah met BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi, but the saffron party denied that.
Earlier on Thursday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with all the 25 MLAs who won in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, and said the decision on government formation in the state will be taken by BJP president Amit Shah.
Jammu and Kashmir gave a highly-fractured verdict in which the PDP emerged as the single largest party throwing up different possibilities in government formation.
The National Conference (NC) secured only 15 seats against 28 that it had won in the last elections, while the BJP came second with 25 seats.
(With Agency Inputs)