The Legitimate Online
In the backdrop of pullout from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the later is reportedly exploring the fresh options for the government formation in state.
The state political affairs incharge of National Party Ram Madhav is discussing the situation with their key ally in Kashmir.
Madhav who was key man from BJP in stitching the alliance with PDP in 2014 after hung assembly verdict on Wednesday met former cabinet minister Sajjad Gani Lone in Srinagar.
The senior BJP leader immediately tweeted about his meeting with Lone along with their picture.
“With J&K former ministers of BJP and PC (Sajjad Lone) in Srinagar discussing about the roadmap for the state,” he tweeted.
While BJP has 25 seats in the state Assembly, Lone represents 2 constituencies form Kupwara district.
Sources said that BJP is trying to convince the senior NC leader Farooq Abdullah to hold the reins of state. However, the senior Abdullah is facing resentment from his son and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
“The reports from the ground to New Delhi are strongly suggesting that Farooq Abdullah must be called back if they want the normalcy to return. The BJP has consulted all the agencies and think tanks on Kashmir before approaching Farooq Abdullah,” said the sources.
Farooq has become the choice of New Delhi apparently for his outstanding and faithful reach in the nooks and corners of state and the reports are suggesting in New Delhi he as the Chief Minister might help Government of India to bring the derailed situation of Kashmir on rails.
“Madhav ji has come to Kashmir to discuss with its political alleys. We explore all the possibilities including NC if the democracy can be restored in state,” said the senior BJP leader, wishing to be anonymous.
Sources in the NC said that Omar is favouring fresh elections in state though his father and NC patron Farooq Abdullah is seriously giving a thought to the offer of BJP.
Last week, BJP unexpectedly pullout of the PDP in state after which the governor rule was imposed.