BJP Pitches for ‘Equal’ Seat Share in J&K With Ally PDP

BJP’s Jammu state unit has conveyed to the central leadership that they should get a fair share in power with PDP.

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PDP President Mehbooba Mufti is set to be sworn in as Chief Minister. (Photo: Reuters)

BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit today said the party should get “just and equitable share” in power with ally PDP and has conveyed it to the central leadership, indicating that the party was driving a hard bargain before the swearing-in of chief minister-designate Mehbooba Mufti.

Though the PDP-BJP alliance staked claim to form the government in the state last Saturday, the date for swearing-in of the chief minister-designate is yet to be announced.

PDP has 27 MLAs in the 87-member state Assembly while BJP has 25.

There is a general perception that as the number of our MLAs is same as that of PDP, there is nothing wrong if we expect that our numbers (in government) to be same. We should get just and equitable share in the distribution of power. It is for the party high command now how they negotiate the same (with PDP).
Sunil Sethi, BJP’s State Unit Chief Spokesperson

PDP and BJP had formed a government in March last year with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the Chief Minister and BJP’s Nirmal Singh as his deputy. In the council of ministers, PDP had 14 and BJP 10.

On the allegations levelled by former chief minister Omar Abdullah that BJP and PDP were not serious on government formation, Sethi said both the parties have already started the process of government formation.

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