JAMMU: The Jammu-based BJP delegation had a shock of their life awaiting at 11-Akbar Road in the national capital where contrary to their expectations they were told that the party was not very keen to pursue the mission of forming government. The reason, insiders say, cited by the top party man is the ‘pressure tactics’ of the PDP. The delegation was left dumb-struck, as they had expected their plea of forming the government being well taken by the party high command.
Already frustrated over hard posturing of the PDP, the Jammu-based BJP leaders, especially the former ministers, are clueless as to what turn events would take place in next few days. True, the demand for return of power projects by PDP will open up Pandora Box with the states like Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa seeking coal-mines, the question arises why the BJP authors of Agenda of Alliance agree to such a proposition at all in the first instance? PDP’s hot pursuit has not only put the BJP into dock but it has also sent shockwaves to National Conference, as the graph of Mehbooba Mufti is fast scaling up in the Valley, the PDP’s core constituency. NC has been working overtime to have PDP-BJP dispensation in place to cause further damage to Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s legacy, which now appears to be a day dream.
Led by former Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, a three member team of state BJP leaders on Monday rushed to Delhi to explore the possibility of saving first ever government of the party in the state ahead of their meeting with the Governor N.N Vohra on Tuesday.
The sudden development took place a day after PDP hardened its stance over the issue of government formation with BJP and made it clear unless some assurances at the highest level were given to the PDP Chief over time bound implementation of the Agenda of Alliance the party would not mind going alone to fulfill the vision of their patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed.
Former state BJP Chief and Member Parliament from Jammu-Poonch seat Jugal Kishore Sharma, and state BJP Chief Sat Paul Sharma accompanied deputy CM to meet party Chief Amit Shah in New Delhi.
Interestingly, Sharma had told waiting reporters in the winter capital, ahead of embarking on Delhi mission, that BJP could go beyond the Agenda of Alliance, obviously, in a bid to woo the PDP to form the government.
The state BJP leaders are expected to return on Tuesday and likely to convey the party position to Governor in the late evening meeting.
Though both BJP and PDP have been playing shadow boxing with each other and keeping their cards close to their chest there are clear indications that both the sides have failed to iron out their differences and bridge the gap despite running alliance government in the state for over nine long months under the leadership of Mufti Mohd Sayeed.
Before joining hands both the sides have compromised on their core agenda and came together on the common minimum programme rechristened as Agenda of Alliance to ensure development of all three regions of the state.
In the absence of formal parleys between the alliance partners trust deficit has increased manifold after the sudden demise of Mufti Mohd Sayeed. The period of mourning was not utilised by both the alliance partners to reach out to each other.
Mehbooba went in to self imposed hibernation and top brass of the BJP stayed away from Srinagar when Mufti family was grieving the demise of party patron.
The interlocutors from both the sides could not hold meetings and instead of holding negotiations both the parties started counting short comings of each other and washed dirty linen in public to win sympathy of their traditional voters.
The impasse has reached point of no return and now it remains to be seen who will blink first in this war of nerves to save the marriage between the alliance partners. By all indications, however, the bonhomie seems to have turned sour with formality of break-up coming possibly this evening or in a couple of days.
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