BJP quits government in Jammu and Kashmir, ends alliance with PDP

Mehbooba Mufti during a Budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Jammu in January 2017. Mehbooba resigned as the state’s chief minister on Tuesday after the BJP pulled out the alliance with her Peoples Democratic Party

Mehbooba Mufti during a Budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Jammu in January 2017. Mehbooba resigned as the state’s chief minister on Tuesday after the BJP pulled out the alliance with her Peoples Democratic Party

The BJP leadership has summoned all the party ministers including Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and State president to New Delhi tomorrow for crucial discussion after reported differences with alliance partner PDP.

"The opportunistic BJP-PDP alliance set fire to Jammu and Kashmir, killing many innocent people, including our fearless soldiers. But unfortunately we didn't get the appropriate response", she said while addressing a press conference in Srinagar.

"She should have submitted her papers the moment BJP flew its ministers to Delhi but she was busy in the office", Mehbooba said. We will update the copy as soon as we receive any response. He said his party can not celebrate the imposition of governor's rule and would seek early election so that people will choose their government.

Jammu and Kashmir looks set for "prolonged governor's rule", say political experts in the state, adding that the timing of the BJP's decision to pull out of the government suggests that it may now take a more hardline approach to the security situation in the Valley. It has three distinct regions - Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh.

"Although this was against the sentiments of the people, we entered into the alliance with the BJP after giving it a deep thought". Without such a coalition government, we were convinced that the state in its current shape would disintegrate, " she said. "Mufti has no face left, no political mileage, and she will have no stakes in Jammu and Kashmir whenever fresh elections take place".

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She said the alliance dissolution doesn't come as a shock for her as she did not form the government with BJP for power politics.

As many as 744 people died in these three years: 471 terrorists, 201 security forces and 72 civilians, the data show.

They cited how Rajnath had pushed for the extension of the unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir but the Prime Minister chose to end it on Sunday following opposition from Doval and army chief Bipin Rawat.

Since its formation in 1951, the BJP has maintained a hardline stance on the Kashmir issue and has stood for the repeal of Article 370 of India's constitution which grants special autonomous status to the state. The BJP asserted that the party could not further support the party with an alliance in the state. This alliance was for a bigger objective - unilateral ceasefire, PM's visit to Pakistan, withdrawal of cases against 11,000 youths, dialogue offer from Home Minister. Omar Abdullah also met the government.

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