Manmohan, Mufti Talk Deadlocked

Srinagar, October 20: | Updated: Oct 21 2002, 05:30am hrs
Senior Congress leader Manmohan Singhs talks with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to break the stalemate in the two parties efforts to sew up a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir failed to make any headway on Sunday.

Emerging from a 45-minute one-to-one meeting with the Mr Mufti, Dr Singh told the prss that he will have another round of talks with the PDP chief on Monday. The process continues and I have nothing more to say, Dr Singh said, adding the meeting with Mr Sayeed will continue on Monday.

Shortly before the talks with the PDP chief, Dr Singh told reporters, I have come to talk to Mr Mufti and like-minded groups to fulfill the aspirations of the people and form the government I am optimistic. I think things will change and change for better, Dr Singh said.

It is not a question of change....It is a question of working together. My effort is to find a way where we can enlist the cooperation from Mr Mufti and other like-minded parties to work together and achieve our common objective, he said on the prospects of forging an effective coalition. As to when will the Congress stake claim to form the government, the senior Congress leader said, let this session with Mr Mufti succeed first.