PDP-NC-Congress grand alliance will be betrayal of voters: BJP

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PDP-NC-Congress grand alliance will be betrayal of voters: BJP
Mehbooba will meet the governor today for further discussion

With uncertainty looming large over the government formation, BJP hardened its stand saying the proposed grand alliance of the People's Democratic Party, National Conference and Congress will tantamount to the treachery with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"I have no idea of such an alliance. But if such thing happens it would tantamount to betrayal of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," Jugal Kishore Sharma, BJP state president, told media persons in Jammu.

On Monday PDP had said the grand alliance with Congress and National Conference could be one of the options for government formation. PDP spokesman Naeem Akthar had also ruled out a grand alliance of PDP-Congress-BJP saying it was not possible.

A few days ago Azad had proposed an alliance of the three parties with PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the chief minister. The development had come after both Congress and NC offered unconditional support to PDP to form government.

BJP on Tuesday, however, reiterated that their options are open and the discussions with "all the stakeholders" for formation of the next government are going on. "Without BJP, no alliance will be able to provide a stable government in Jammu and Kashmir," Sharma said.

Sharma and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav also met the governor, NN Vohra, in Jammu on Tuesday morning. However, Sharma played down the meeting saying the leaders would be meeting the governor again on January 1 to submit its proposals.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also left for Jammu to hold discussion on government formation with Vohra on Wednesday. "Mehbooba is scheduled to meet the governor on his invitation tomorrow to discuss the situation arising out of the split verdict in assembly elections," said Naeem Akhtar, chief spokesperson of PDP.

Meanwhile, PDP patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday continued consultations with the party rank and file on the government formation.

"Mufti has been meeting party leaders, newly elected legislators, senior workers and some of the members of civil society in a bid to shape the party's response to the challenge thrown up by the fractured verdict in recent polls," Akhtar added.

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