Mehbooba Mufti rejects BJP's demand of 'rotational chief ministership' in Jammu and Kashmir?

Days after the demise of Jammu and Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, it seems that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alliance has come under a serious strain.

Updated: Jan 10, 2016, 22:05 PM IST
PlayMehbooba Mufti rejects BJP's demand of  'rotational chief ministership' in Jammu and Kashmir?

Srinagar: Days after the demise of Jammu and Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, it seems that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alliance has come under a serious strain.

On one hand PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has put some conditions in front of BJP, while the latter, in a tough move, has put some counter terms.

As per a 'Times of India' report, BJP has asked the PDP chief to agree on appointing a 'rotational chief minister ship' for Jammu and Kashmir, which has been rejected by Mehbooba.

While Mufti's daughter had already made it clear that none of the conditions of BJP will be accepted to maintain the alliance in the Valley.

Earlier Mehbooba rejected BJP's demand for the deputy chief minister's post in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, speculations are ripe that Congress is offering an olive branch to Mehbooba Mufti ahead of the oath taking ceremony of the PDP chief as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, earlier today, met Mehbooba Mufti at her residence in Srinagar and condoled the death of her father and J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

 

Gandhi was accompanied by party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and now a parliamentarian, and Ambika Soni.

However, both the parties dismissed speculation that political issues were discussed during his meeting with Mehbooba Mufti a day after Governor's rule was imposed in the state, which is without a government after Sayeed's death in New Delhi's AIIMS hospital on January 7.

However, speculations were rife that Mehbooba Mufti had proposed some conditions to Gadkari for heading the likely future PDP-BJP coalition government.

"There is no truth in those rumours. Bereavement is not the time to discuss politics or future coalition for Mehbooba ji," the PDP leader said.

Earlier in the day, congregational prayers were held at Sayeed's grave in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district.

Mehbooba Mufti also visited her father's grave on Sunday, where she was seen breaking down.