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PDP calls core group meeting on alliance with BJP in Srinagar



Jammu/Srinagar: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today organized a core group meeting with senior leaders to discuss on alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Jammu and Kashmir.

Senior party leaders and functionaries, including Lok Sabha members and former ministers, are present at the meeting at ‘Fair View’, the chief minister’s official residence on the high-security Gupkar Road here.

It is the first political meeting presided over by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti after the death of her father and chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar told, “We will discuss the performance of the PDP-BJP alliance in the last 10 months when Mufti Sahib headed the coalition government.”

“We will also discuss our party’s future vis-a-vis our experience during the coalition’s rule in the state,” the former education minister said.

Asked about the alliance with the BJP in future, Akhtar said, “Wait and watch. You will get answers to all your questions. Everything will be discussed during the course of today’s meeting.”

Meanwhile, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Sunday did a U-turn on his statement a day earlier that his National Conference was ready to discuss government formation if the BJP approached it.

“I never said we are prepared to form the next state government with the BJP,” he told the media in Jammu.

“All I said was the PDP and the BJP should quickly sort out their differences and give people the much-needed elected government in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“Ours is a border state. We are passing through a difficult period. The people need an elected government and the uncertainty should be ended.”

Asked if his National Conference was mulling options to form the government, he said, “Don’t try to create confusion. We don’t have the mandate to form the government right now.”

Abdullah called on Governor N.N. Vohra in Jammu on Saturday evening, fuelling speculations that the NC leader was getting active to attempt formation of another alliance in the state.


‘Love jihad’: Samajwadi Party to oppose law in UP Assembly, here’s why



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A day after Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel signed the ordinance on forced religious conversions, the Samajwadi Party announced that it will oppose the ‘love jihad’ law when it comes up in the Assembly next month.

Samajwadi Party (SP)President Akhilesh Yadav said his party is not in favour of such a law and will oppose it strongly.

“On one hand, the government offers Rs 50,000 to those opting for inter-caste and inter-religion marriages, and on the other, they have brought this law. We will ask the government to bring a law which guarantees doubling of farmers’ income instead,” he said.

The SP chief accused the BJP government of planning to sell a government-owned shopping mall worth Rs 1,000 crore to a private entity at throwaway prices. He further added that an expressway was also being sold in a similar fashion.

“This will be probed when time comes. We will expose the corruption this government is indulging in,” he said.

Akhilesh further said it is ironic that the government talks of zero tolerance for corruption but, in an international survey, the country has figured on the top of the list of nations where bribery is most prevalent.

Reacting to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s announcement of setting up 10,000 MW solar power units, Yadav said, “He does not know anything about a solar panel. During the SP government, we had set up a solar power unit. The unit produced enough power to meet the needs of an entire village, but this government snapped the supply saying the villagers have not paid bills.”

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