Last Attempt

Last Attempt
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Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and PDP rebels are trying to make a last ditch attempt to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir as the speculations are rife that the Governor Satya Pal Malik may dissolve the State Legislative Assembly before central government puts J&K under President’s rule.
The National General Secretary of BJP Ram Madhav has made it clear that BJP is happy with Governor’s rule and it would like the central rule to continue. But the BJP leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have other ideas they are trying to garner support and cobble up the numbers for the government formation in the state. They are hopeful that they would be able to get all the “like minded” legislators on the board to have a new dispensation at place.
When BJP toppled the Mehbooba Mufti led government in June this year, Ram Madhav, who is also the BJP’s pointman for J&K affairs, had held detailed deliberations with the Peoples Conference chief Sajad Lone and had reportedly assigned him the task to formulate a roadmap for having a new dispensation at place.
At one point of time it looked that the PDP rebels would come forward and join hands with Lone and the popular government would be formed but it did not happen. There were reports that BJP and PDP rebels could not break the ice due to BJP insisting at having a Chief Minister from Jammu region, while the PDP rebels maintained that the top post should be given to someone from Kashmir.
For the past five months no forward movement has been made in this regard and time is slipping out. If the government is not formed there is every possibility about assembly being dissolved to pave the way for fresh elections.