In the latest sensational development in relation to India's north-most state, top sources have told Republic TV that former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is likely to meet with UPA chairperson and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the next few days.
The political scoop arrives even as senior Congress leaders like Ambika Soni, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Karan Singh and P Chidambaram are meeting at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence. The subject of this meeting is Kashmir, specifically 'Policy and Planning' of the Congress' Kashmir committee which is chaired by Manmohan Singh, as per official sources.
Governor's rule has been imposed in the state after the BJP withdrew its support to the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP on June 19 causing the government to fall. In the aftermath of Mehbooba Mufti's resignation, JKNC chief Omar Abdullah had remarked that he was not looking to form a government in the state as his party didn't have the mandate of the people. Abdullah had called for Governor's rule, a return to normalcy and then, for the state assembly to be dissolved and for fresh elections to be held as soon as possible.
However, in her various statements since then, Mehbooba Mufti has not held back in taking on her former ally, the BJP, and has continued to extol her government's initiatives, in particular, the Ramzan ceasefire. Before news of the potential Sonia-Mehbooba meeting, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that there is no question of allying with the PDP, either now or in the future.
In the current Jammu and Kashmir assembly, the PDP has 28 seats while the Congress has 12 seats giving them a combined total of 40. Forty-four seats are required for a majority, meaning that a possible PDP-Congress alliance would be four seats short.