Srinagar, Jan 17: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is holding a high-level meeting with all its senior leaders and legislators to discuss the further roadmap for the political outfit. Following the death of patriarch Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, the regional party faces the dilemma of continuing the ‘alliance of extremes’ with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or look for other options by breaking themselves away from the saffron forces. (ALSO READ: Stress under which Mufti served weighs heavily on Mehbooba Mufti’s mind)
The meeting is being chaired by party president and daughter of deceased Mufti Sayeed, Mehbooba Mufti. At the moment, there is a mixed opinion in the PDP. A considerable section within the party aims to distance themselves from the BJP, since the people of Kashmir valley had disapproved the coalition, calling it a victory of the nefarious design which Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) wants to impose on the state.
In the past week, rumours have been making the round in Kashmir political circles, indicating an alteration of the government in the state. According to sources, BJP has also sent feelers to Farooq Abdullah’s National Conference. However, the former chief minister Abdullah later rejected such claims.
PDP was victorious on 28 seats in the assembly. However, the death of two of its legislators, including ex-CM Mufti Sayeed (who contested on two seats) have reduced their tally to 25 in the 87-seat assembly. BJP also stands at 25, the National Conference won 14 seats and Congress was reduced to 12.
Following the death of Mufti Sayeed in the first week of January, Governor’s rule was imposed.