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Mehbooba maintains suspense over govt formation

Maintaining suspense over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti today said she will take a decision while keeping in mind the “dignity, honour and welfare” of the people of the state.

“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 addressing party workers while launching the membership drive 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,” Mehbooba 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. PDP and 25-member BJP had run a 10-month coalition government before Sayeed’s demise.

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