Section Of PDP Upset About Mufti's Silence On Alliance

11 January 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: Anger seems to be brewing within the Peoples Democratic Party against the party top brass for not coming out with a clear policy on government formation after last month's fractured verdict. Many leaders claim that they have no clue about the party's future strategy and the only information that they are getting is from newspapers that the party is holding informal consultations with various parties and weighing all options. 'Frankly speaking, I am as ignorant as the common man about the government formation,' said an MLA elect of the party from south Kashmir who does not want to come on record. 'The party's newly elected MLAs have held individual meetings with party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti after the Assembly results and presented their feedback on government formation. But I am yet to hear anything from the top brass, especially Mufti sahib, about his plans,' he said. The PDP legislators have authorised Mufti to decide the future strategy about the possible coalition, but he has not revealed his mind even when Governor's rule was imposed in the state. 'After the results were announced, the party did not hold its legislature party meeting or a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee to discuss government formation. This shows that the party leadership is not coming up with a clear policy on whether to go with the BJP or the Congress or the National Conference,' said another senior leader of the party. 'These are the forums where such issues are usually discussed, but we have not met since the fractured verdict,' he added. The PDP is caught in a catch-22 situation. If the party forms a government with the BJP, it would be suicidal for the party, some of its leaders claim. On the other hand, the PDP has not responded to the call of its previous ally Congress, which had offered its support. 'The Congress and the National Conference had offered support to us in government formation. The party had opened the dialogue for government formation with the BJP, but I want to know what is happening on the ground,' a senior party leader from north Kashmir said. Chief spokesman of the party Naeem Akthar said the PDP was a democratic party and 'constant interaction' was being held with legislators and party leaders on government formation. What party leaders say: Frankly speaking, I am as ignorant as the common man about the government formation. The party's newly elected MLAs have held individual meetings with party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti after the Assembly results and presented their feedback on government formation. But I am yet to hear anything from the top brass, especially Mufti sahib, about his plans. -A PDP MLA from south Kashmi. The Congress and the National Conference had offered support to us in government formation. The party had opened the dialogue for government formation with the BJP, but I want to know what is happening on the ground. -A senior PDP leader from north Kashmir