Jammu and Kashmir: After snubbing Omar Abdullah, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed meets Governor

Amid the continuing political stalemate, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra…

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Amid the continuing political stalemate, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra apparently to discuss a way out, two days after his party turned down Omar Abdullah’s National Conference offer of support.

The meeting took place at Raj Bhawan last night but details were not known.

“They had a two-hour dinner meeting and are understood to have discussed government formation and political stalemate in the state. The details of the meeting are not known,” the source said.

PDP spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar said he was not aware about what transpired in the meeting.
The meeting came two days after PDP turned down the offer of support by NC for formation of government in the state.

Earlier on January 13, NC’s Working President Omar Abdullah had written to the Governor, formally informing him about his party’s support to PDP for government formation.

After PDP rejected the offer, NC said the offer was limited to outside support and it had no intention to join the government.

The Assembly polls, whose results were declared on December 23 last, threw up a fractured mandate. PDP emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member House. BJP bagged 25 seats, NC 15 and Congress 12.

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti had met the Governor last month over the issue of government formation. She had dropped hints that her party is not averse to joining hands with BJP.

The party has been in talks with BJP for government formation but nothing concrete has emerged.
Governor’s rule was imposed in the state on January 8 after NC leader Omar Abdullah resigned as caretaker Chief Minister.

The Governor had earlier set a deadline of January 19 for formation of the government.

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First published on: 17-01-2015 at 18:00 IST