Srinagar: With Peoples Democratic Party engaged in a close contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP leader Naeem Akhtar on Tuesday maintained that "engagement is inevitable with the BJP" as it is ruling at the Centre.
Commenting on the possibility of BJP-PDP alliance, Akhtar said final decision on the matter will be taken after party meet.
Akhtar maintained that the BJP has emerged as a potent political force in the state.
When asked about his party's performance in the polls, Akhtar asserted, “People have voted against Congress and National Conference and it is a positive sign.”
As per the latest trends, the PDP and the BJP have lost much of their early gains and are now ahead in 22 and 21 seats respectively.
BJP launched an aggressive campaign as part of its 'Mission 44+' -- the magic number required for simple majority in the state Assembly -- during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several top leaders of the party addressed election rallies across the state.
The election outcome will also judge BJP's assessment of its chances of making inroads into the only Muslim-majority state of the country. The party did not name a chief ministerial candidate. BJP had 11 MLAs and any increase in the tally this year will be claimed as a Modi victory.