PDP, BJP Begin Quiet Talks On Key Issues

22 January 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: Principal players, the PDP and the BJP, have begun quiet talks on government formation. Sources said leaders of both the parties were discussing issues to be incorporated in the common minimum programme (CMP) to run the government. State BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma refused to name the party with which the BJP was in consultation over the formation of the government but he was confident that the state would soon get a strong and stable government. 'Channels for discussion are open and the party's central leadership has been authorised to take a final call on the government formation,' Sharma told reporters in the Tangri area of Rajouri today. 'I assure you that the people of the state will soon get a strong and stable government,' he added. The sources said the PDP leadership was in touch with the BJP and negotiation was going on certain key issues before the two parties could come together to form a government and end the political impasse. 'The BJP has already forwarded its proposal to the PDP leadership and the latter is discussing the same,' a source said, adding that the BJP had suggested that contentious issues should be kept on the back burner and development should be the main plank of the new government. The central leadership of the BJP is in touch with the PDP leaders but the local BJP leaders are not aware of the issues to be incorporated in the common minimum programme of the government. 'As the central leadership has been in touch with the PDP to form the government in J&K, three BJP leaders from J&K have been called at New Delhi to inform them about certain key issues to be finalised with the PDP,' a source said.