J-K govt formation: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti meets Governor Vohra

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu, Dec 31: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra to take up the issue of government formation after the recent assembly elections in the state threw up a hung verdict.

So far, no party or combination of parties has reportedly staked a claim for government formation.

Mufti’s meeting with Vohra took place after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav and state unit president Jugal Kishore had called on Vohra to discuss the political situation in the state.

Later interacting with media, Madhav said party will submit a formal proposal to the J-K Governor.

Meanwhile, PDP patron and former J-K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is reportedly meeting the party leaders, newly-elected legislators, senior workers and some of the members of the civil society in a bid to shape the party’s response to the challenge thrown up by the fractured verdict.

The BJP has said that formation of the government without their party will be a betrayal of the people’s mandate in Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told a news agency: “If any other party makes an attempt to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir without the BJP, they can, but it will be a betrayal of mandate given by the people of the state.”

The J-K elections threw up a hung verdict, with the PDP emerging as the single-largest party in with 28 seats. The BJP won 25 seats, with the National Conference and Congress winning 15 and 12 seats respectively.

An elected government has to take oath by January 19, failing which the Governor’s rule will be imposed in the state.

(With Agency Inputs)

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