Advani Steps In To Break The Deadlock
3 January 2015
: As deadlock over government formation continues, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has approached People Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Syed through its senior leader L.K Advani about the formation of new government, KNS reported on Saturday. Quoting an unnamed senior BJP leader KNS report said that the former deputy Prime Minister L K Advani discussed the issue with Mufti Sayeed over telephone. 'The negotiations between PDP and BJP are going on at different levels and in this regard Advani rang up Mufti,' he said. He, however, accepted that there had been no forward movement as both parties resort to bargaining to gain maximum leverage before coming up with Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for running the coalition government. BJP's state vice president Remesh Arora didn't confirm the development and said that 'our top leaders are in touch with Mufti.' 'I cannot say whether Advani Sahab has called Mufti Sahab or not but I can confirm that our top leaders are in touch with Mufti,' he said and added that it would take time for the party to cobble up coalition for forming the government in the State. Meanwhile, sources said that BJP is trying to woo Mufti on developmental plank and centre package for the unemployed youth. 'The party has assured all possible central assistance to Mufti but he is demanding political guarantees from the saffron party,' sources said. The election results in J&K threw up a hung Assembly with PDP emerging as the single-largest party with 28 seats and BJP second largest with 25 seats, all from Jammu region. NC and Congress won 15 and 12 seats respectively while the smaller parties and independent candidates won seven seats. It is to mention here that the congress, which has got 12 seats, had offered unconditional support to PDP in government formation, while NC has also offered unconditional support to PDP in government formation Senior Congress leader and former J&K Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had proposed grand alliance of NC-Congress-PDP to keep BJP away.