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No Hurry to form Govt in J&K, Mandate Decisive as well as Divisive: Mufti

Srinagar, Dec 31: Refusing no hasty decision on forming the government, People's Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti said that they are in no hurry and people gave a decisive as well as divisive mandate in the elections.

Soon after meeting Governor NN Vohra, Mehbooba said that it was an informal meeting and no decision has been taken yet. "J&K has given a decisive as well as a divisive mandate. We have the support of 55 MLAs," she claimed.

Reaching out to the BJP, Mehbooba praised former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajapyee for the work that was done during this regime at the Centre.

"A lot of incentives were taken for the welfare of the J&K in his leadership. The political process which was started by him in 2003 was crucial. We want to form a government which can fulfill the aspirations of the people of the state," she said adding that Kashmir is challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he should reach out to Kashmiris.

Speculations are in air after PDP patriarch Mufti Mohammad Sayeed hinted at a grand alliance in the state involving the BJP and Congress. Mufti believes that the alliance will be representative of the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

While the PDP claims the BJP is open to the idea, but the Congress is against it. The PDP has already rejected the support from the National Conference for government formation.

BJP with 25 MLAs is the second largest party in Jammu and Kashmir and needs another 19 to reach the halfway mark of 44 in the 87-member Assembly. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 28 MLAs, followed by National Conference (15), Congress (12) and seven legislators from smaller parties and independents.

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