Me­hbooba sets AFSPA con­di­tion, BJP not keen to con­cede ground

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­mar Ut­tam let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The political dead­lock in J&K looked set to draw out as BJP has re­sponded coldly to feel­ers from the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party for “as­sur­ances” on with­drawal of the Armed Forces (Spe­cial Pow­ers) Act from two dis­tricts and re­moval of troops oc­cu­py­ing non-mil­i­tary build­ings.

The state has been un­der gov­er­nor’s rule as PDP chief Me­hbooba Mufti al­most kept to her­self in Sri­na­gar af­ter the death of her father, chief min­is­ter Mufti Mo­ham­mad Say­eed, on Jan­uary 7, stok­ing spec­u­la­tions that the two al­lies were play­ing hard­ball to re­write the terms of agree­ment with new con­di­tions. The al­liance part­ners were wait­ing for for­mal ne­go­ti­a­tions on govern­ment for­ma­tion to start, though the BJP ap­peared dis­in­clined to widen the am­bit of the “agenda for al­liance” agreed upon last year be­fore form­ing a coali­tion govern­ment with the ide­o­log­i­cally-op­po­site PDP.

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PDP pres­i­dent Me­hbooba Mufti (ex­treme left) at the Re­pub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tions in Sri­na­gar, Jammu and Kash­mir, on Tues­day.

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