Srinagar, Nov 21: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former finance minister Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday said that people in the state will soon get ‘good news’ as the PDP, Congress and National Conference have decided to join hands to form the government.
“There is a progress [on the talks] among the three parties. Keeping in view the political situation and special status of the state, the three parties have decided to join hands,” Bukhari told Greater Kashmir.
He said that the PDP, Congress and the NC decided to join hands and form a government to defend the special status of the state.
“Article 370 and 35A are our main issues. All this is being done to safeguard them,” he said.
Bukhari said that announcement regarding the talks and the alliance will be shared soon with the people of the state.
Earlier in the day, NDTV reported that the “talks between the three parties are at an advanced stage, in order to stymie the BJP’s attempts to take power after engineering defections.”
“An announcement is expected today or tomorrow,” it claimed.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also confirmed that talks were going on among the three parties over government formation in the state.
“Hum parties ka yeh kehna tha ki kyu na hum ikatthe ho jaye aur sarkar banaye. Abhi vo stage sarkar banne wali nahi hai,ek sujhaav ke taur par baatcheet abhi chal rahi hai (We [NC, Congress, PDP] thought why not to unite and form a government together. Talks are going on but as of now it is only a suggestion…We haven’t reached that stage yet where we can form the government),” said Azad, according to ANI news agency.