J&K govt formation: Ram Madhav meets People's Conference leader Sajad Lone
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav met People's Conference leader Sajad Lone here on Thursday leading to speculations of some sort of a tie-up between them in Jammu and Kashmir.
Srinagar: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav met People's Conference leader Sajad Lone here on Thursday leading to speculations of some sort of a tie-up between them in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting reportedly lasted for an hour. The duo is said to have met at a hotel. Lone's party has two members in the Assembly.
Madhav also met PDP leader and MP Muzzafar Hussain Baig at his residence.
It may be recalled that former separatist Lone had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 10 this year. The meeting had lasted for about 45 minutes at PM's residence.
After the meeting, Lone had called PM Modi 'humble' and said that talking to him was like talking to a brother.
However, he had insisted that they had talked only about the interest of Kashmir and flood relief and not about elections in the state or Article 370.
Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley flew to Jammu to meet the newly elected party MLAs and said thereafter today that his party would play a crucial role in government formation as it had the highest popular vote (23 per cent).
The BJP had the "veto power", said Jaitley who was accompanied by Madhav.
PDP, on its part, which has remained silent since the polls results came three days ago, had started exploring the possibility of a coalition government with Congress which has 12 members and other independent candidates.
With Agency inputs