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‘Only time can tell’ says Mehbooba on govt formation in Jammu Kashmir

Notwithstanding BJP’s optimism, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti remained ambivalent on progress in talks on government formation, maintaining that she will be on board once she is convinced that she can “fulfill the dreams” of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for Jammu and Kashmir.

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“That only time can tell,” was the cryptic response of the PDP president to reporters when they asked her if there was any forward movement in talks with the BJP for government formation in the state.

Just days earlier, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav had flown to Srinagar and held talks with the PDP chief after which he had said that “both parties are positive” on continuing with the arrangement.

Mehbooba, who attended first public function after Sayeed’s death on January 7, said her visit to Delhi was only related to her duties as a Lok Sabha member.

“The parliament session is starting on Feb 23… I am going to attend it. I have asked questions… if the Parliament is allowed to function.

“There are issues like JNU, which is unfortunate, Haryana (Jat agitation), we don’t know what will happen in Parliament,” she said.

Earlier, addressing the party workers, Mehbooba said coming to power was not her goal.

“If we feel, we can fulfill the dreams of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, then only it is worth it. If the situation continues as it is, then my inheritance (the people of the state) is enough for me,” she said.

The PDP president said her late father throughout his political career spanning over five decades struggled for the betterment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Only 12 years of his long political career, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was in power. However, he remained alive (in politics) due to the support of the people.

“He wanted to keep the state united and resolve the issues they faced,” she said.

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