New Delhi: PDP patron Mufti Mohammad today met PM Narendra Modi to seal the deal between PDP and BJP to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.
The two leaders are believed to have discussed differences that are still proving to be major irritants in the way of govt formation.
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.”
This could be if the detailing of some of the sensitive issues like AFSPA and Hurriyat being referred as the stakeholders in the dialogue between Delhi and Srinagar takes some time.
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.