Speculations Rife As Mufti Visits Jammu

15 January 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu: As Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed landed in the winter capital today, the political circles are once again abuzz with speculations over government formation. Mufti had been camping in Srinagar after the results of the Assembly elections were declared in December last year and the talks of government formation were going on. Though PDP leaders believe that his Jammu visit is a routine one as Mufti spends the winter in Jammu due to the harsh weather conditions in the Valley, political circles are not taking this visit lightly. 'Mufti sahib's Jammu visit has nothing to do with government formation. When darbar is in the winter capital, he spends time here only,' said Naeem Akhter, PDP spokesperson. Meanwhile, people believe that Mufti is here to consult party leaders on the pros and cons of government formation and to hold meetings with leaders of other parties. However, nobody in the PDP confirmed that Mufti would meet leaders from any other party. Jammu and Kashmir is currently under Governor's rule after Omar Abdullah refused to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister. Before Governor's rule, speculations of the PDP forming the government in coalition with the BJP were doing the rounds in the state, but the parties could not reach an agreement on various issues which included a six-year term for Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the Chief Minister and revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Meanwhile, Omar, who is also the working president of the National Conference (NC), had offered support to the PDP to form the government when the Assembly election results were out in December last year. A few days ago, Omar, through his provincial president, Devender Singh Rana, submitted a letter of support for the PDP to the Governor. The PDP reacted to it and said that the NC wanted to grab power from back-door. The Congress, which has only got 12 seats, has also announced its support to the PDP to form a secular government in the state but the PDP hasn't reacted to it so far.