The PDP with 28 seats and NC with 12 would run short by just four seats to touch the magic number of 44 in the 87-member J&K assembly. A PDP-NC alliance would upset the BJP's plan of having a stake in the government in Srinagar for the first time.

As of now, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is unlikely to visit Delhi on Saturday to meet top BJP leaders over the possibility of jointly forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir, said party sources.

Talks between the BJP and the PDP are in a standstill mode as negotiations entered the fourth day on Saturday for a deal. The negotiations are expected to take some more days.

The PDP sources said before Mufti Mohammad Sayeed meets senior BJP leaders, both parties have to do some groundwork.

The PDP has tabled tough conditions for the BJP,  including an entire term for its Chief Minister, status quo on Article 370 and withdrawal of AFSPA in some areas, which are unlikely to be accepted by the BJP, which has won 25 seats, three less than the PDP.

Governor N N Vohra has invited both the PDP and the BJP to forward their plans for government formation, even as the two parties hold parleys to reach the magic figure

Vohra has sent letters separately to PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and state BJP chief Jugal Kishore "for holding discussions on the proposal for government-formation," a Raj Bhavan official said.

The letter from the Governor has asked the PDP President to meet him on January one morning followed by the state BJP chief on the same afternoon.

The letter to the two major parties said that the term of last Assembly was to end on January 18 and, therefore, both of them should come and discuss about the government formation, the sources said.

The Governor apparently to avoid a repeat of 2002 when government could not be formed for 22 days pushing the state towards a spell of Governor's rule.

The parties have also been conveyed the message that if they are not able to cobble together numbers, then they could tell the Governor about their position when they meet him.

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