PDP-BJP Partnership: Recent Developments and Impact on J&K

PDP-BJP Partnership: Recent Developments and Impact on J&K

Q. “The PDP-BJP partnership is a historic alliance which will benefit J&K immensely” Discuss in light of recent steps towards government formation in this state as well as PDP’s 11 point proposal.

PDP-BJP Alliance: Key Developments

• People’s Democratic Party will be retaining the CM’s post; BJP - Deputy CM
• This marks the first time BJP is participating in the governance of a border state
• Question of Article 370 granting special status to J&K and withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act/ASFPA likely to be resolved

PDP’s 11 Point Proposal

1. Resolution of differences and normalisation of ties with Pakistan
2. Proceeding on talks with the Hurriyat
3. Removal of the AFSPA within one year of government formation
4. Releasing and freeing the land currently under the Army
5. No adjustments to Article 370
6. Return of the power projects
7. Compensation for the Indus Water Treaty
8. Freeing of trade and travel ties between J&K and PoK
9. Status quo on the Refugee Settlement of West Pakistan
10. Allotment of coal mine
11. Resolution of issues such as jailed youths outside the state, funding for Srinagar city under the GoI 100 Smart Cities. According World Heritage Status to Dal Lake in Srinagar

Impact on J&K

• Both State and central leadership will protect the interests of people in J&K and nation.
• Common minimum programme and other issues have been carefully deliberated on
• Opportunity for two parties to remove mistrust between regions and religions in the state
• BJP mandate at the Centre will ensure that ruling coalition will accomplish much in the spheres of peace and development
• With PDP’s 28 seats and BJP’s 25 seats, the 87 member assembly will be placed above the majority figure of 44 for government formation
• PDP also sealed the deal with the BJP with the aim of promoting peace in the region and not just governance
• The partnership will benefit trade and transport ties between Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir
• Common Minimum Programme is further bolstered by the 11 point proposal placed by PDP


• PDP and BJP have come together to promote peace and development in Jammu & Kashmir. Going beyond governance is an important step for this troubled state. There are many issues pertaining to peace and development which can only be resolved through a combination of a strong Central government with state leaders who are sensitive to the concerns of J&K.

• This is a historic step for Jammu & Kashmir as the saffron party is set to push for reforms here with the aid of the progressive and sensitive PDP. The BJP-PDP combine could well be the answer to the problems being faced in the hilly state.
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