PDP’s Altaf Bukhari meets Omar Abdullah to discuss govt formation in JK
Srinagar: Senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari has met NC Vice President Omar Abdullah to discuss movement forward on the proposal of forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.
Sources say that the announcement in this regard is expected soon as the three parties have reportedly arrived on a consensus to form the government in the state.
Though, NC leaders Omar Abdullah and Dr Farooq have declined to head the government however, the CM’s post is likely to be to be taken by senior most PDP leader and not Mehbooba.
Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad confirmed that talks were going on among the three parties over government formation in the state.
“Hum parties ka yeh kehna tha ki kyu na hum ikatthe ho jaye aur sarkar banaye. Abhi vo stage sarkar banne wali nahi hai,ek sujhaav ke taur par baatcheet abhi chal rahi hai (We [NC, Congress, PDP] thought why not to unite and form a government together. Talks are going on but as of now it is only a suggestion…We haven’t reached that stage yet where we can form the government),” said Azad, according to ANI news agency while responding to queries on potential Congress-PDP-NC alliance.
The 87 member position of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly stands as PDP has 28 legislators, Congress has 12 and the National Conference has 15. And the mark needed to form the government is 44.
Meanwhile, sources have said that Altaf Bukhari’s name is doing the rounds to be accepted as a consensus candidate of NC and PDP for the post of Chief Minister.