BJP refuses to accept PDP's demands; Mehbooba-Shah talks hit a dead end

| Friday, March 18, 2016 - 19:28
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New Delhi: Efforts to form a government in Jammu and Kahsmir have hit a dead end as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has refused to accept the demands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), sources from the party said.
A senior PDP leader close to party chief Mehbooba Mufti told IANS that the negotiations between the two parties had "hit a dead end" and the PDP was unlikely to form a government again with the BJP.
Another PDP leader said he was not authorised to speak on the subject.
The PDP comments came as BJP general secretary Ram Madhav announced that it was not possible to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir on PDP's conditions.
"It's not possible to form a government on (PDP) conditions," Madhav told the media. "We are not ready to accept any new demand."
He spoke a day after Mehbooba Mufti met BJP president Amit Shah. Mehbooba now is planning a meeting with the PM and the PM is yet to give her an appointment.
Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 7 and the state came under Governor's Rule.
The PDP and BJP formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir in March 2015 after assembly elections threw up a fractured mandate. 

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