Taking clue from Uttar Pradesh, where strongest political rivals – Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav are shaking hands against BJP, the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir are also coming forward to form a unthinkable coalition. According to sources, efforts are going on to bring former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Omar Abdullah of National Conference (NC) to team up, along with Congress, to form a coalition government.
This was indicated by another former chief minister and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad stating that a seemingly unlikely coalition mayform the next government in the state. It may be recalled that PDP and NC are bitter rivals and were the two main political parties in the state, before BJP’s rise in recent time.
Congres president Rahul Gandhi said to be keen on formation of this coalition, to put an end to BJP’s influence in the Himalayan state. The state is under governor’s rule which expires on December 19. So, efforts are going on to ensure formation of a new government, with out giving scope for extention of Governor’s rule, by next month. In June, BJP pulled out of the PDP-led coalition government in the state, saying it has become impossible to continue in the government in view of the growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.
In the state elections in 2015, the BJP won 25 seats and the PDP 28 in the 87-member assembly. The two parties came together to form the government with an Agenda of Alliance. Besides PDP’s 28, Congress has 12 and the NC has 15, which places them well ahead of the majority mark of 44.
Last week, Governor Satyapal Malik said that Jammu and Kashmir is headed for President’s rule but the state assembly will not be dissolved for now. President’s rule can be imposed after the Union Cabinet, headed by the prime minister, makes a recommendation to the president to this effect following a report of the governor.