"We have a crucial mandate in Jammu and Kashmir. We will be involved in government formation. Talks are going on. Let's see what happens," BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters here.
Madhav did not disclose with whom they are talking.

However, hinting that it is ready to do business with BJP, the PDP, which has emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly elections, on Saturday sought assurance from its prospective partners over contentious issues like safeguarding Article 370 and revocation of AFSPA.

"All options are still open. No decision has been taken yet on formation of government in the state with any other party," PDP spokesperson Naeem Akhter said.

He said the leadership of PDP, which has won 28 of the 87 seats in the Assembly, was discussing all its options for government formation, hinting at an alliance with the BJP.
"There are certain issues which form our core agenda and require an assurance that these will be accepted by our potential alliance partner, whichever party it might be," he said.

Akhter said his party's stand on safeguarding Article 370, which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir within the Indian union, was non-negotiable.

He also said that the party was committed to revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state, besides initiating a political process for resolution of Kashmir issue.

The PDP and the second largest party BJP, which has won 25 seats, all in Jammu, have been invited by Governor N N Vohra for separate discussions over government formation by January 1.

Asked if his party would consider the demand for rotational chief ministership from any future alliance partner, the PDP spokesman said the negotiations have not reached that stage with any of the parties.

He said Congress has also given a proposal for government formation to the PDP which is under the consideration by the party.    

On the National Conference's offer of unconditional support to PDP for government formation, Akhter said his party has received no such communication so far from its arch rival.

"As and when such an offer is received we will surely discuss it and decide the future course of action," he said.

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