March 2016 News

'Hurt' PDP Braces Up For A Showdown Against BJP

19 March 2016
DNA
Ishfaq-ul-Hassan

Srinagar: Upset by BJP's hardened stand, PDP is bracing up for a major showdown to put the saffron party on a defensive. The pressure is mounting on both parties to take a decision before April 9, when the six months deadline for mandatory holding of assembly session ends in Jammu and Kashmir. This follows the fresh stalemate between PDP and BJP after BJP went public blaming its alliance partner for the deadlock saying the saffron party will not accept any demands for the government formation. PDP has gone into an overdrive to prepare a response which they are going to reveal in a press conference to counter BJP's salvo. Sources said PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is likely to address a tit for tat media conference soon. 'Every issue raised by us is very much a part of the agenda of alliance and there is nothing new. We are only asking to implement agenda and nothing outside that. We will rebut the BJP in equal measure in a press conference which will be held shortly,' said a PDP leader. PDP leaders are extremely upset over the BJP for what they called misrepresenting the facts. Even the PDP leaders are reluctant to join the talks again given the BJP's hardened stand. 'How can there be any negotiations when they are misrepresenting the facts?' asked another PDP leader. PDP has been demanding vacating of private lands from the occupation of the security forces, handing over the NHPC run power projects to state government, engaging separatists in talks and renegotiating the economic package to give more compensation to the flood hit people before forming the government in Jammu and Kashmir. There has been breakthrough on many issues with army agreeing to vacate 2200 kanals of land in Jammu and Kashmir. Plus the governor-led administration has put the flood relief compensation process on the fast track in the valley. Around Rs599.16 crore has been disbursed to the flood victims by the concerned deputy commissioners to March 18. Of which Rs539.83 crore has been disbursed to 54,335 beneficiaries for the cases of flood damaged houses while Rs59.33 crore has been disbursed to 23,112 traders in the Kashmir Valley. However, the handing over some of the NHPC run power projects to state is proving to be the major bone of contention. Centre is reluctant to hand over the projects fearing it can have a far reaching consequences as other states too might be emboldened to make similar demands. On the other side time is running out as far as constitutional provisions are concerned. Under the constitution there has to be one session of assembly at least in six months. Last session was held in October and its six month term is ending on April 9. Since the assembly is in the suspended animation, it depends upon the governor to take a call on this issue. What are PDP's demands PDP has been demanding vacating of private lands from the occupation of the security forces, handing over the NHPC run power projects to state government, engaging separatists in talks and renegotiating the economic package to give more compensation to the flood hit people before forming the government in Jammu and Kashmir.

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