Jammu and Kashmir: Two months after polls, BJP & PDP announce coalition government

| Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 00:04
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NEW DELHI: It took exactly two months from the polls to both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to wipe out the differences over a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for formation of the government in Jammu and Kashmir. The two parties will soon swear in for the coalition government in J&K.

Addressing a press conference jointly with PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti in New Delhi today, BJP President Amit Shahsaid that an agreement has almost been finalized on CMP. Shah informed that the date for swearing-in for the new government in J&K will be announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the Chief Ministerial candidate ofPDP Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

The PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti informed that the two parties have arrived at a common understanding. “We have come to a plan for coalition and this agenda will be clear once Mufti saab and PM Modi meet. We have kept national interest and aspirations of the people of J&K in mind and worked out the alliance. This is an attempt to win the hearts and minds of people of the state. Both the parties have found a middle path,” she said.

PDP and BJP announced about the new government exactly after two months as they election results in Jammu and Kashmir was declared on December 23 last year where the PDP bagged 28 seats and BJP won 25 seats in the 87-member Assembly. The National Conference and Congress were awarded with 15 and 12 sears respectively.

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