J-K deadlock: Congress puts ball in Mehbooba’s court

New Delhi : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad put the ball in People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti’s court as far as government formation in the state was concerned and said that the Congress was nowhere in the picture.

Azad, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said the final decision rests with Mehbooba as the PDP came up as the largest party after the assembly polls.

“The Congress Party is out of this. We are at the fourth position. We had offered forming the government before the government formation. The National Conference had also offered and after that BJP-PDP formed the government. The chapter closed after that,” he said.

He further said that Governor’s rule was not new for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra sent a letter to both the BJP and PDP to clarity their respective stances on government formation in the state.

The chief minister’s seat has been lying vacant for the last three weeks since the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.

A core group of the BJP met this morning in Jammu to discuss the issue of government formation. The PDP meeting is scheduled to be held today in Srinagar. (ANI)