Shortly after Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday that any coalition in the state should be formed on the development agenda of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the BJP expressed its happiness and was reported to be awaiting a proposal from the party.
BJP sources said they are now awaiting a proposal on government formation from the PDP and would react when the same arrives.
Senior party leaders are reported to have favoured an alliance with the PDP in the state, over National Conference.
Mufti, after meeting Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra this morning, had invoked the names of PM Narendra Modi and Vajpayee while speaking on the formation of a government in the state.
“PDP’s priority is not to cobble up majority for the sake of government. We want to form a government that meets the aspirations of the people,” Mufti said after her one-hour long meeting with the Governor.
“We have support of 55 MLAs in the state. But it is our intention and effort that a stable government is formed here to address the huge problems faced by the people in the state,” the PDP leader added.
Mufti said the people of J&K had entrusted PM Modi with a big responsibility and that any alliance that is stitched together should be on the basis of the development agenda of former PM Vajpayee.
“We want that the agenda of development and peace should be carried forward. We want (former prime minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s peace process be carried to its logical conclusion,” she added.
“Today’s mandate is very challenging and at the same time an opportunity for both Congress and NDA,” she said further, adding both the Congress and NDA should use the opportunity to reach out to the people of J&K.
The recently-concluded Assembly Elections threw up a hung verdict with PDP emerging as the single-largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member House.
The BJP emerged as the second-largest party with 25 seats followed by National Conference at 15 and Congress with 12.
Smaller parties and independents won seven seats.
So far no single party, or combination of parties, have staked claim for formation of the government.