April 2016 News

Govt Formation: BJP Will Retain Team But Reshuffle Portfolios

1 April 2016
Kashmir Reader
Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: While the BJP would retain old faces in the new government, there would be a major reshuffle in portfolios, a top source within the party said. It was learnt that portfolios came up for discussion during a meeting between BJP's Kashmir minder Ram Madhav and the state BJP core group at Jammu on Friday afternoon. Madhav arrived in the winter capital of the state on Friday afternoon in a chartered flight and left later in the evening. 'The BJP team will not have any change barring portfolios. The meeting discussed the portfolios and the final list will be send to the Governor before discussing it with the PDP,' said the BJP leader, who was privy to the meeting. The oath ceremony, which would be held at Jammu Raj Bhawan on April 4, would be a low-key affair as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to attend the event. It was learnt that a union minister along with saffron party leaders would attend the ceremony where PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti would take over as first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Madhav said a consensus has emerged between the two alliance partners following which Jammu and Kashmir would have a government soon. He did not confirm whether Mehbooba along with the team would be administered oath on April 4. However, he said that the government would be formed in two to three days 'Mehbooba Mufti and Nirmal Singh have been talking and a consensus has been achieved. Soon they will form a government, the preparations for which are almost done,' he told reporters. 'I believe that in the next two to three days we will form a government. 'Talks between the top rungs of both the parties have completed, soon we will meet the Governor and complete the process of government formation,' he added. Internally, the BJP had been insisting on an equal share of portfolios from the PDP. However, it was learnt that the PDP top brass was against granting any concessions and has ironed out the differences with its coalition partner. After Mufti Sayeed's demise, mistrust had crept in between the two, as Mehbooba was wary of taking oath until the Modi-led government did not announce CBM's, by which she mean the implementation of the Agenda for Alliance. However, after her meeting with Modi, which she described as 'positive', she decided to cobble together the alliance.