On a day that the Congress party is holding a crucial meeting in Srinagar to determine its political roadmap for Jammu and Kashmir, Republic TV has learnt that former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti faces a potential split within the ranks of the PDP.
Twelve of the 28 PDP MLAs are ready to defect, top sources have said to Republic TV. However, as per inputs, the Congress has made it clear that it is not looking to form a government in the state for 'just a few months' and wants early elections to be held instead.
The Congress has also conveyed its position to the Omar Abdullah-led JKNC and suggested that their two parties (Congress-JKNC) form an alliance in India's north-most state to 'save it from the BJP'. A meeting may be held in this regard between Omar Abdullah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the near future. Omar Abdullah has earlier been chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir in alliance with the Congress.
As per sources, the Congress has also suggested that the PDP leaders who want to defect form a new party and join the Congress-JKNC alliance.
On Monday, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter to dismiss speculation that her party was in talks with the Congress over a possible alliance and that she would meet Sonia Gandhi in this regard:
Earlier, Ghulam Nabi Azad had also said that the Congress wouldn't enter into an alliance with the PDP -- a statement that Omar Abdullah took to be sacrosanct, sticking to his stated view that his party isn't looking to form a government in the state till the current assembly is dissolved and fresh elections are held.
The Congress held a meeting at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence on Monday after which Ambika Soni indicated that the party will begin its preparation for elections by informing the people of J&K about the policies and work done by the UPA 1 & 2.
The Mehbooba Mufti-led government collapsed on June 19 as the BJP withdrew its support. Governor's rule has since been imposed in the state.