PDP sets Conditions to support BJP for Govt Formation

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Srinagar, Dec 27: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led PDP, which is the single largest party in the recent assembly polls, has set few conditions before the BJP during the talks for the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The PDP sought assurance from BJP over issues like safeguarding Article 370 and revocation of AFSPA, saying that all options are still open. The BJP, which occupied second spot in the polls, is yet to decide and the talks between two parties are underway.

"All options are still open. No decision has been taken yet on formation of government in the state with any other party," PDP spokesperson Naeem Akhter said here.

He said that there are certain issues and the party requires assurance from the BJP before the possible alliance. He said that the issue like Article 370, which guarantees special status to Jammu & Kashmir within the Indian union, could not be compromised and the BJP has not yet cleared its stand over the matter.

He also said that the party was committed to revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state, besides initiating a political process for resolution of Kashmir issue.

On the other hand, the BJP has kept all its options open and is in talks with both the Peoples Democratic Party and the National Conference. The BJP with 25 seats is the second largest party in the 87-member Assembly.

Meanwhile, the PDP has rejected the NC's offer of unconditional support and the party founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is likely to visit Delhi on Saturday to hold meetings with top BJP leaders.

J&K Governor NN Vohra has invited both the PDP and BJP for discussions on government formation. Vohra has sent letters separately to PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and state BJP chief Jugal Kishore for holding discussions on the proposal for government-formation, a Raj Bhavan official said.

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