J&K stalemate: Mehbooba maintains suspense over govt formation

Srinagar: Speaking on the issue of continuing her party's alliance with the Bhartiya Janta Paty (BJP), People's Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti said that she should keep in mind the “dignity, honour and welfare” of the people while taking a decision.

"If I take a step, it is not that I want to be a cut above. I want that if we form the government, its benefit should reach the people here," she said while in Anantnag district of south Kashmir. "It is not that (I want) I will become a chief minister, there would be ministers and we will have a fleet of cars with four flags. But, when the people of the state, its youth or its regions do not reap any benefits of that (government), and when we cannot play a role in bringing peace here, then tell me what will I do with that chair," she said.\

Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor's Rule since January 8, imposed a day after Mehbooba's father and then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away suddenly. Since then, Mehbooba, whose party is the largest with 27 MLAs in the 87-member House, has been maintaining suspense over the government formation. 

Whatever decision we take, it will not be for personal interest...but it cannot be just for the workers only. That (decision) will be for the nation. We will take that decision in which there is dignity, honour and welfare for us (people of the state)," she said.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau