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J-K: Mufti calls PDP meet today, NC says open to tie-up with BJP

The first signs of effort to end the impasse on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir emerged today as PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday called a meeting to discuss the future course of action with ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The meeting will be attended by senior party leaders and Parliament members. However, in a political twist, the National Conference (NC) has extended their support to the BJP for government formation in the state. Party chief Farooq Abdullah said, "If offered, National Conference will consider to form an alliance with BJP in the state. We will convene a meeting of the working committee of National Conference and discuss it."

Talking to a reporter, the NC patriarch said that both the parties should come forward and form the government without any delay now and end the political instability in the State. The NC leader while commenting on the current crisis in the state said that National Conference is answer to all the problems in Jammu and Kashmir. Farooq also asked his party cadre to close their ranks for meeting the challenges to form government in the state.

On the other hand, amid the guessing game to form government in the state, Mehbooba has also called a meeting of the extended core group of PDP at her residence on Sunday afternoon. Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor's rule since January 9 following the sudden demise of former Chief Minister Syeed Mohammad Mufti.

It is being said that PDP chief Mehbooba is unhappy over a variety of issues with BJP. The issues include former Chief Minister Mufti not being given proper respect after his death by the Centre and amount of funds alloted for development work for Jammu and Kashmir. With Mehbooba staying mum on the continuation of alliance with BJP after the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the proposed meeting is seen with lots of expectations as this is where Mufti will take the decision whether to move forward with BJP or break the alliance.

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