Srinagar, April 3: A day-before Mehbooba Mufti is about to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Opposition leader Omar Abdullah slammed the PDP chief for hypocritically aligning with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), despite the latter ignoring all her pre-conditions to form government.
“Mehbooba has agreed to form government in the state, but none of her conditions have been fulfilled by the BJP, ” said Omar Abdullah while speaking to NDTV. The National Conference leader believes that the internal dissent faced by Mehbooba forced her to once again join coalition with the saffron party, rather than going in for fresh polls. “Mehbooba continues to face tremendous dissension. Most of her MLAs were in favour of government formation with or without her,” he added. (ALSO READ: Mehbooba Mufti invites Omar Abdullah for her swearing-in ceremony)
Mehbooba Mufti is scheduled to take oath of Chief Minister tomorrow in Srinagar. Both PDP and and BJP have jointly presented their majority before Governor NN Vohra.
The deadlock was created immediately following the death of PDP patriarch and reigning chief minister of the state, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. His demise pushed PDP in a dilemma. There were two opinions prevailing in the party. One set of group wanted to go in for abort the coalition with BJP since the post-poll alliance with saffron party had severely dented the image of PDP in Muslim-dominated Kashmir valley. There was also a feeling that Mufti’s demise would create sympathy wave in their favour. However, another set of MLAs wanted to continue this ‘alliance of extremes’, as they feared that a fresh election would further deteriorate the position of the party.