Madhav, who arrived here in a chartered plane, drove straight to the residence of Mehbooba where the two held one-on-one meeting for nearly an hour, highly placed sources said.

The BJP leader, who was instrumental in firming up the coalition government under late PDP leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed last year, did not speak to the media after the meeting and left for the airport to return to Delhi.

This was the first formal meeting between senior BJP and PDP leaders over government formation in the state, which is under Governor's Rule since January 8, a day after the sudden death of incumbent Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Mehbooba, who is seen as the successor to her father as the Chief Minister, had recently talked tough over government formation, demanding that BJP's government at the Centre should take some confidence building measures to address the core political and economic issues of the state within a set timeframe.

Some of the issues on which the PDP wants the Centre to take steps include revocation of AFSPA, dialogue with separatists in the state, sanctioning two smart cities for Jammu and Kashmir and return of power projects to the state.

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