Congress core group on J&K meets in Delhi; Alliance with PDP on cards…?

NEW DELHI, JUL 2: The Congress’ core group on Jammu and Kashmir met today to discuss the political situation in the state.
The meeting was held at the residence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who heads the group.
The group also includes senior Congress leaders Karan Singh, P Chidambaram, Congress general secretary in charge of the state Ambika Soni and Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir.
The party will hold a meeting of its legislators in the state in Srinagar this week and discuss the way forward, sources said.
The Congress is in a wait and watch mode in the state, which is under Governor’s Rule after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP.
There are reports of the PDP approaching the Congress for government formation in the state.
However, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has ruled out that the party will form a government with the PDP. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Azad had said that there was no question of any alliance with the PDP, which lost power in the state after the BJP withdrew support from the coalition government.
“There is no question, for now or in the future, of forging an alliance with the PDP,” Azad had said while denying having met any PDP leader.
The political circles in the Kashmir Valley were set abuzz after former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti arrived in Delhi on Friday night.
The PDP has 28 seats and the Congress has 12 in the 87-member state Assembly. A simple majority of 44 seats is required to form the government and some PDP members have been trying to seek the support of the CPI(M) and independent members.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief GA Mir has claimed that the BJP was making “desperate attempts” to “explore possibilities” to return to power in the state, days after pulling the plug on its alliance government with the PDP. (With PTI inputs)