New Delhi, July 15: Days after former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the Centre of repercussions if any attempts are made by the BJP to engineer defections in her party to gain a majority, a rebel PDP leader hinted at joining the saffron party for the formation of a new government in the state. The party leader even said that 18 of the 28 PDP MLAs were ready to join hands with the BJP and had even reached out to it following the alliance split in the state. Also Read - Unlock 2021: Jammu And Kashmir Eases Covid Curbs in THESE 8 Districts. Full List of Relaxations Here
PDP leader Abdul Majeed Padder said that they don’t want Governor’s rule in the state and have the numbers to form a government with the BJP’s support. He further said that the next CM of J&K will be from Kashmir. Also Read - BREAKING: 2 Cops, 2 Civilians Killed in Terrorist Attack in Jammu And Kashmir's Sopore
“We have no issues in forming the government with BJP’s support. We have the numbers…We don’t want Governor’s Rule in the state… We want a new government for the remaining term of the Assembly. It is not about Hindu CM….the CM will be from Kashmir,” he was quoted as saying. “When my leader late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed could go for an alliance with BJP, why can’t we form government with BJP,” he said in defiance of Mufti’s warning to the BJP against stimulating cracks in her party. Also Read - JKBOSE Exams 2021: Class 11, 12 Board Exams Cancelled; Details About Results Will be Out Soon
Padder isn’t the only PDP leader who has spoken against chief Mufti. Earlier, senior PDP legislator Abid Hussain Ansari slammed the former CM saying that she has converted the party into a “family fiefdom”. Addressing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) workers in Zadibal area, Ansari said: “She has destroyed the party and finally converted it into a family fiefdom. “She got her cameraman brother out of the blue and made him Tourism Minister even when he did not have an elementary knowledge of tourism,” he said.
In what come as a shock to the political scenario in J&K, BJP on June 19 pulled out of the alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir saying it is “untenable” for the coalition to continue. “Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, fact is that J&K is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reigns of power in the state be handed over to the Governor,” Ram Madhav said.