NEW DELHI: For the first time the ruling Hindu nationalist party will govern the country’s only Muslim-majority territory, Indian-held Kashmir, under an authority-sharing deal with second party.
After months of talks following an election at the end of last year, the current Premier Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and the national regional opponent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is willing to shape a coalition government in the state, where rebellious factions have been combating Indian army since 1989.
BJP president Amit Shah publicised the deal after meeting PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti in New Delhi, stating the two parties had resolved most of their disagreements.
“In a few days, Jammu and Kashmir will have a BJP and PDP alliance government,” Shah told reporters.
Accompanying Shah, Mufti said the two parties have finalized a plan “keeping in mind the development and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir” state.
“This alliance is not for power-sharing but it is to win the hearts and minds of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Mehbooba Mufti.
Moreover, the details of the coalition are likely to be made public in coming days after Modi meets regional political leadership.
Meanwhile, both these parties also benefited from extensive public discontent at the stat’s then-ruling National Conference party, over its dealing with ravaging September floods that left up to 200 people dead in Kashmir.