Formal Talks With PDP After Feb 7: BJP
3 February 2015
: The rightwing BJP Tuesday said formal talks with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be held after Rajya Sabha polls in the State on February 7. 'BJP leadership is busy with RS polls strategy. It is not possible to have any formal talks with PDP at this stage,' BJP's newly-elected MLA and national executive member, Dr Nirmal Singh told Rising Kashmir. BJP and PDP are involved in informal talks on government formation in the State after declaration of Assembly election results on December 23. The election results have thrown hung Assembly with PDP emerging with single largest party with 28 seats and BJP close second with 25 seats. 'At this point of time, there is no possibility of having talks with PDP on government formation as we are busy in RS polls,' Singh said. He said the party will definitely begin formal talks with PDP after elections to four RS seats in the State on February 7. BJP and PDP have entered into seat sharing agreement for RS polls in the State with each party contesting two seats. On contentious issues - AFSPA and Article 370, the BJP leader said the saffron party and PDP have not yet found a common ground on these two key issues. 'Both BJP and PDP are trying to sort out the contentious issues on which both parties have different stand,' he said adding 'Government would have been formed in December had there been no continuous issues between the two parties'. Sources said Article 370 and AFSPA are turning out to be biggest challenge for the parties and both are waiting to see who shows flexibility first on its stand. BJP national general secretary, Ram Madhav had recently said BJP and PDP are only 10 percent common on Article 370 and AFSPA and 80 percent Common Minimum Program (CMP) is about development. 'The issues continue to be there and the biggest challenge for the parties is to overcome the major ideological differences. The very fact that government formation is taking a bit long is because there are certain hurdles between the parties that need to be worked out,' he had said.