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Jammu, December 1
In what could be a turning point in the current PDP-BJP coalition government , Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has stated that her party will follow its own line , no matter what the alliance partner BJP says or does .
Reviewing the performance of PDP at a general council meeting here on Wednesday , Mehbooba Mufti , who also is the party president made it clear that PDP would stick to its own agenda of peace and conciliation and will not be cowed down by the jingoistic noises made by BJP .
She made it clear that party’s main constituency is in the Valley, and the urges and aspirations of the people there , and some parts of Jammu sit at odds with the ultra nationalistic agenda of BJP , therefore PDP should “ follow its own path laid by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.”
The serious differences between the two alliance partners, who had joined hands in early 2015 to form the government citing the mathematical compulsion of the seats won by each of the parties in their respective area of influence , were aired very loudly in the meeting . Ministers, legislators and other leaders attended it.
Sources said “ there were compulsions and we could not have thrown the state into a state of instability , but if we feel that our goals are not being achieved, then the best course is to stick to our ideology and work hard for it,” sources quoted Mehbooba having told the party leaders . These were clear indications that alliance with BJP was not a permanent affair.
The context was the ongoing unrest in the Valley.
PDP ministers were also chided for lack of 100 per cent devotion to the people and addressing of grievances of the party workers.
She also made it clear that there was no option but to re-open dialogue with Pakistan . The BJP can have its own viewpoint , but “ we firmly believe that the state can live in peace only if there is no hostility between the two countries.” The party leaders endorsed this unanimously.
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