Madhav engineers PDP-BJP alliance

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Srinagar/New Delhi—After a month long deadlock, the PDP-BJP alliance would be back on track in Jammu and Kashmir with the saffron party saying both sides are “positive”, indicating its willingness to accepting Mehbooba Mufti’s demand for a time-bound implementation of certain provisions of the Agenda for Alliance.
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who held a closed-door meeting with Mehbooba at Srinagar Thursday evening, said the alliance between the two formed a year ago will continue on the basis of “previous arrangement”.
“Talks were positive…I hope there will be continuation of previous arrangement,” he told reporters in New Delhi.
He said the coalition will work on the basis of the Agenda for Alliance firmed up between the two parties last year and insisted that “there will be no dilution” or “any new addition” in it.
At the same time, he said BJP is willing to discuss bringing into a “timeline” a “few issues” which have found a mention in the alliance’s Common Minimum Programme, implying readiness to accept Mehbooba’s demand in this regard.
He said the PDP leaders would arrive shortly to discuss these issues with BJP leaders as well as ministers since some of them concern the government.
He refused to divulge the issues discussed between the two. As reported by Kashmir Reader, Mehbooba had sought a time-bound guarantee on the implementation of the Agenda for Alliance and demanded that the BJP should not raise the Article 370 ‘bogey’.—KR