New Delhi: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti today indirectly hinted that she will not mind charting a separate course from BJP in Jammu and Kashmir if the central government fails to make ‘commitments' that PDP is pushing for.
“My father spent 55 years in politics and he always believed in healthy politics. Therefore, if I have to chose between ‘principle' and ‘chair' (power) then I'll definitely go for ‘principle', Mehbooba said while addressing party workers in Jammu.
Giving a clear signal that PDP under her leadership may not tread the same path that was followed by late Mufi Mohammad Sayeed, Mehbooba said, “PDP-BJP alliance was not popular either in Jammu or Kashmir. Mufi sahib entered into alliance with BJP only for the sake of state's development.”
“We are not as much of a visionary as Mufti sahib was. For forming government in the state, we need some commitments from the central government. It's not about finances. We need to create right atmosphere. It will be good if that atmosphere is created otherwise things will continue as it is,” Mehbooba added.
Mehbooba's statement assumes significance as it comes just 2 days after she met J&K governor to discuss government formation in the state.
This was her first address to PDP workers after her father's demise last month. Today's meeting of PDP workers was also attended by Mehbooba's brother Tassaduq Mufti who she is believed to be grooming for a bigger role in Jammu and Kashmir politics.