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Mehbooba to stake claim; PDP-BJP delegation to meet governor

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti will stake claim to form government at a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra Saturday afternoon.

The chief minister designate will lead a joint delegation of PDP and BJP, which will hand over letter of support to the Governor.

“BJP and PDP will jointly meet Governor N N Vohra at 3:30 PM today in connection with government formation,” leader of BJP Legislative Party and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told PTI.

Mehbooba will be accompanied by Singh, leader of the BJP Legislative Party, party’s state president Sat Sharma, MP Jugal Kishore and senior PDP leaders and MPs Tariq Hamid Qarra and Muzaffar Hussain Baig. “BJP will hand over the letter of support for formation of the coalition government to the Governor. A suitable date will be decided for the swearing-in ceremony,” Union Minister Jitender Singh said.  Governor’s rule was imposed in J-K on January 8 after Mehbooba decided against taking over the reins following her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s death.

PDP and BJP had formed an alliance on March one, last year with Sayeed as the Chief Minister. Both the sides had formed an Agenda of Alliance which sought to address internal and external dimension of the state.

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