In the parliamentary board meeting, a highest decision-making body of the party, it was decided to keep all options open to make alliance either with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or National Conference (NC) to form its government for the first time in the Valley.
All senior leaders are of the firm view that the BJP should stake claim for forming its government as it has come up as the second largest party (25 seats) for the first time in the history.
If sources are to be believed then the BJP is driving hard bargains with the PDP as well as NC. The BJP would like to make alliance either with the PDP or NC only if they accept the CM pick of the saffron party.

The BJP is said to be working on two different formulas.
Formula 1: The BJP wants to join hands with PDP under the proposal of sharing the post of Chief Minister for 3 years each.  The PDP is, according to sources, not very much keen on this formula but the party has not ruled it out completely.

Formula 2: With the softening stand of Omar Abdullah towards the BJP, the saffron party may stitch alliance with NC and form its government in the Valley.  The BJP may accommodate Omar in Modi Cabinet and claim for the Chief Minister post in the state.
The BJP decided to depute Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and party national secretary Arun Singh to hold talks with the party's newly-elected MLAs in Jammu & Kashmir on possibility of forming government besides supervising election of Legislative Party Leader.

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The Parliamentary Board also decided to send Health Minister JP Nadda and party vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe to Jharkhand to observe the election of the party's legislature party leader there.
Party sources, however, said the central observers will travel to the respective states in three-four days and the next governments will be in place before year-end.

In the 87-member House, PDP bagged 28 seats, BJP got 25 seats, National Conference 17 and Congress 12. Any coalition of parties will need to cross the magic number of 44 seats to form the government.

Ramakant Chaudhary/ JPN

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