New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today to resolve any last-minute hitches before both BJP and PDP come together to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.
The two leaders will meet for the first time today. Their meeting is scheduled for 9:30 AM for two hours duration without any aides or pre-decided agenda. The two leaders are expected to discuss the entire spectrum of issues for a future of Srinagar and Delhi working together.
Mufti had arrived in Delhi on Thursday evening. On his arrival, he told that Common Minimum Programme (CMP) is ready although he refused to talk on the contentious issues like Article 370 which gives special status to state. He said, “I won't talk on the issues... it (CMP) will come in black and white and the entire public of the country will see what we are doing.”
According to a report published in Times of India, the scheduled swearing-in ceremony for Mufti and his team for Sunday can also be delayed for some more days.
Leaders of both the parties are already busy in fine-tuning the ways of dealing with the two issues and finding the right nuances to suit both the sides. Hence both the sides seem confident enough to work out the best possible deal in the Modi-Mufti meeting.
PDP had insisted on the inclusion of Hurriyat in the dialogue through Common Minimum Programme (CMP) however, BJP wants to keep the same out of text although it has agreed to involve them in the peace dialogue. The only compromise could be the word “stakeholders” being used to refer to the Hurriyat without any direct reference to it.
Alternatively, BJP had suggested a way out of the problem that the Hurriyat leadership could take part in the dialogue process as invitees of the state government once it is formed while the Centre will not make the formal invitation.
On the other hand, BJP is not ready to compromise its stand on AFSPA although it had bent slightly on inclusion of Hurriyat in the peace dialogue.