In a major development regarding government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP has gone soft over the PDP demands and has reportedly agreed to lift controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
Top sources close to the developments told News World India that BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav has conveyed Centre’s willingness in this regard to PDP President Mehbooba Mufti during one-on-one meeting at latter’s residence in Srinagar.
Sources added that Madhav also spoke of handing over two power projects to the state to end the 40-day deadlock over government formation.
Though both Madhav and Mehbooba declined to share the details of one-hour long meeting, but sources close to the PDP said that Narendra Modi Govt has agreed to lift AFSPA from Srinagar and Kathua districts of Jammu and kashmir on experimental basis.
PDP sources added that the the deadlock over the new government formation has reached the final stage and soon Jammu and Kashmir will have new government with Mehbooba Mufti as state’s first woman Chief Minister.
The Jammu and Kashmir is currently under Governor’s rule following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohamamd Sayeed on January 7.
After her father’s death, Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti refused to take over the top post, instead asked the Narendra Modi-led central government to take confidence building measures so that she can head a stable ruling coalition in the state.