Suspense in Jammu and Kashmir Politics.

Mon 11 Jan 2016, 18:46:39
New Delhi:  Jammu and Kashmir has been placed under a brief spell of Governor's Rule since Friday -- a day after the death of Mr Sayeed. The state's constitution provides that the post of chief minister cannot be vacant but Ms Mufti had refused to take over till the mourning period was over. Mehbooba Mufti, expected to take over as Jammu and Kashmir's first woman chief minister, is keeping her coalition partner BJP on tenterhooks and is in no hurry to form the government,.Ms Mufti has told PDP lawmakers to head back to their constituencies and work to strengthen the party. While she has told the leaders about the need to continue the alliance with the BJP, Reports of the growing unease in the alliance come amid the speculations of a political realignment in the state. It was triggered by Ms Mufti's disinclination to take oath all of this week even though the state mourning for her father -- Mr Sayeed -- ends on Wednesday. she has not mentioned government formation. The Congress has 12 seats in J&K and Omar Abdullah's National Conference has 15. There are four Independent MLAs and two from other parties. Numbers played an important part in bringing together the BJP and the PDP. The PDP won the most seats at 28, but was 16 short of a simple majority in the 87-member assembly. The BJP, with 25 seats, helped make up the gap. A 10-minute meeting between Ms Mufti and Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterday fuelled the speculation. The Congress has said Ms Gandhi visited Mehbooba Mufti to offer condolences and stressed that they are close family friends.
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