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J&K stalemate may end soon

Efforts at government formation in Jammu and Kashmir seemed to have gained critical mass on Tuesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti, a mere three days after a previously scheduled meeting between the two was called off.

“We were seeing a stalemate for the last two to three months over government formation, but today I am satisfied. I am very satisfied,” Ms. Mufti said after the 15-minute meeting.

“When you meet the Prime Minister of the country, naturally the solution to the problems faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir is clearer,” she said.

Asked about government formation, she said: “As I said, I will talk to my MLAs because that is the forum. This is not the place. There is a particular place to make such announcements. I will go back to Srinagar and take the next step.”

Ms. Mufti said she called a meeting of the PDP Legislature Party for March 24. Thereafter, steps for government formation will begin formally.

Her visit to Delhi on Monday afternoon was sudden and was preceded by a hardening in the BJP’s stand.

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