J&K Government Formation: BJP, PDP trying to find common ground

| Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 16:16
First Published |

NEW DELHI: According to a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), both the BJP and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are ‘trying hard’ to reach to a common ground on issues such as Article 370 and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

Both BJP and PDP have held different views on these matters for long.

Commenting on the same, Ram Madhav, General Secretary of BJP said that if ‘compromise’ was the ultimate solution for either of the parties, then it would have been sorted a long ago.

“Both the parties are trying earnestly to arrive at an understanding on common minimum programme (CMP) of governance. There are few political issues where both of us have traditionally held different views. We are trying hard to find a common ground,” he said.

Madhav further added that the parties have firm views and working upon a common ground on ‘how to present these views as a part of the larger governance agenda’. “No progress is possible until that common understanding is arrived at,” he said while not specifically identifying AFSPA and Article 370 as areas of differences.

Ever since the election results in December last year has given a fractured verdict in Jammu and Kashmir, the PDP with 28 MLAs and BJP with 25 MLAs in the 87-Member Assembly Seat have been in talks over the formation of government in the state.

For more than a month now, Jammu and Kashmir is under the Governor’s Rule.

According to sources privy to the developments, BJP and PDP have maybe agreed on formation of a Committee which will go into the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and suggest areas from where it could be revoked.

On Article 370, while BJP has given no written assurance as demanded by the PDP, the CMP is expected to say that both parties will respect the aspirations of the people of the state within the Constitution.

The proposed CMP may also touch upon the issue of more than 25,000 families of West Pakistan Refugees by saying that it was a humanitarian issue which should be addressed in a humanitarian way.

(With PTI Inputs)

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