January 2016 News

Can't Change Rules Of The Game: Baig

8 January 2016
Rising Kashmir
Faisul Yaseen

Srinagar: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Member of Parliament, Muzaffar Hussain Baig Friday said the rightwing Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) cannot change the 'rules of the game' at this moment and ask for a rotational chief minister or more cabinet portfolios. Talking to reporters at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti's Fairview residence at Gupkar road, Baig said the rules of the game cannot be changed midway into the game and BJP needed to stick to whatever it had agreed upon regarding the chief minister's post and cabinet portfolios. The PDP leader was referring to the reports that BJP was asking for a rotational chief minister and demanding more cabinet portfolios before going ahead with the new government formation, likely to be headed by PDP President Mehbooba Mufti. Baig stressed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath and BJP President Amit Shah had given 'good signals' for the smooth transition of power. 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to Mufti sahab at New Delhi airport and had a brief meeting with Mehboobaji, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Mufti sahab's residence to offer his condolences and interacted with the PDP members and Mufti sahab's family,' he said. 'The PM and the Home Minister are two most powerful people at New Delhi as far as Kashmir is concerned.' Baig said besides the two top guns, BJP President Amit Shah had also rung up Mehbooba to express solidarity with her. Meanwhile, BJP today held two meetings to discuss the new government formation, the first chaired by the party's State President, Sat Sharma in the morning and the second by BJP's National General Secretary, Ram Madhav in the evening. Baig, a legal luminary and a constitutional expert said the State would not face any 'constitutional crisis' but only witness a 'constitutional arrangement' without a Chief Minister in office. 'The State will come under the care-taker Governor's rule, which isn't a regular Governor's rule,' he said. Baig said unlike in the regular Governor's rule, under the care-taker Governor's rule, the Governor cannot appoint advisors or issue orders make any ordinances.

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