BJP Leaders Arrive In Jammu As Speculation Swirls About Meeting With Omar Abdullah

25/12/2014 12:57 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA DECEMBER 20: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the inaugural session of FICCI's 87th Annual General Meeting in New Delhi.(Photo by Ramesh Sharma/India Today Group/Getty Images)

BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ram Madhav have arrived in Jammu for a meeting of the elected legislators even as speculation about possible alliances and reported meetings are swirling about in Delhi.

Television reports said in the morning that National Conference leader Omar Abdullah had met senior BJP leaders and that he had cancelled his scheduled trip to London.

Abdullah went on Twitter to dispel one part of those reports, but was silent about the other.

He also made it clear on Twitter on Wednesday that his party fully intended to try and be part of a coalition government.

The speculation about National Conference's efforts soared this morning after television channels reported that Abdullah had met BJP president Amit Shah, finance minister Arun Jaitley and Ram Madhav in Delhi today to discuss a potential partnership in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ram Madhav told HuffPost India that no such meeting had taken place. When asked about TV reports that Abdullah was in Delhi, he said: "Was he?"

He also said the same on Twitter.

Several combinations remain possible in government formation in J&K, and all parties are weighing their options. A PDP-BJP tie-up remains most likely, but both parties would like to avoid the ideological compromise that would entail.

On Wednesday, People's Democratic Party chief Mufti Mohammed Sayeed welcomed the government's decision to award Bharat Ratna to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

PDP has 28 seats and BJP has 25 seats. Congress has 12 and the National Conference has 15. Sajjad Lone's People Conference has two seats. And there are seven independents. The half-way mark, required to form the government in the state, is 44.

Mehbooba Mufti has said that the party is looking to form a government soon, but is not in a hurry to cobble up a coalition.

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