Even though the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders said on Saturday that “all is not over” between the PDP and the Bharatiya Janata Party, there seems little doubt that the alliance between the two parties is on its last legs.
According to reports, the PDP-BJP coalition has almost collapsed, after the so-called “secret talks” between the PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti and the BJP president, Amit Shah failed to pave the way for a meeting between Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
After the collapse of talks, Mehbooba took an early morning flight to Srinagar on Saturday. Sources said she hasn’t left her Gupkar Road residence after arriving at noon, and she hasn’t met any PDP colleague. Sources, however, said she is planning to “speak to her party colleagues and inform them about the circumstances that caused the alliance to break”.
Sources close to Mehbooba said that there is an attempt to break the PDP to pave way for a fresh alliance. “She isn’t concerned about it. She has told her party that she would prefer to fight it alone but not form a coalition government with the BJP just for the heck of it,’’ said a source close to Mehbooba. “Even if 15 people leave to join a new coalition, she won’t give in,” said the source.
Currently, however, the PDP legislators seem to be behind Mehbooba’s decision on not taking over unless the BJP leadership makes public a time frame for implementing the agenda of alliance. –
There is a brief window till Governor N N Vohra calls PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti ahead of the April 8 deadline for a decision on dissolution of the J&K assembly, and the only way this broken alliance can be mended is if the BJP leadership decides to accede to Mehbooba’s demand and issues public assurances on the agenda of alliance.