Srinagar: As suspense over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continues, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that it is still engaged in talks with the regional parties.
Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Narasimha Rao said that his party believes that government formation in J&K is not possible without its participation.
Rao asserted that BJP is keen to form government and is engaged in talks with regional parties. However, he maintained that no finality has been achieved.
The BJP on Friday sought more time to complete negotiations on government formation in J&K.
BJP said talks were on with both PDP and NC but there has been no "fruitful outcome" yet.
BJP president Amit Shah gave his assessment on the status of government formation in the state even as PDP's chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said back channel contacts and consultations were going on but the stage for formal talks had not been reached yet.
PDP leadership held several rounds of intra-party discussions over the past week and has been undecided on any future alliance in view of stiff opposition to a partnership with BJP by a section of newly-elected MLAs.
BJP on the other hand has been aggressively pursuing the possibility of allying with any regional outfit so that it comes to power in the state for the first time.
The sources said if the political parties failed to reach an agreement on government formation by Jan 19 when the term of the outgoing assembly ends, the governor could impose Governor's rule in the state.
The PDP has 28, the BJP 25, the National Conference 15 and the Congress 12 members in the 87-member house.
Independents and smaller parties won the remaining seven seats.