J & K government collapse after BJP breaks alliance with PDP

NC Network, New Delhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, ending a three-year sweet & sour relationship that came to highlight this week with the Centre’s decision to discontinue the Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.

 BJP called the alliance, blaming the government for the rise in violence in the Valley. Ram Madhav BJP general secretary told the media: “We have taken a decision. It is untenable for the BJP to continue in alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. Hence, we are withdrawing support.”
 “Terrorism, violence and radicalisation have risen and fundamental rights of citizens are in danger in the Valley. Shujaat Bukhari’s killing is an example.” He stated.
 Madhav also pointed out the lack of development in Jammu and Ladakh.

Party president Amit Shah had called all BJP MLAs of J&K to Delhi for a meeting in the morning. This brainstorming was to review the alliance's goals and targets achieved in the last three years.
 After the announcement Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti handed in her resignation to the Governer and this has paved the way for Governor's Rule, which the BJP favours.

Jammu and Kashmir BJP MLAs  supported the Centre's decision to pull out from the PDP alliance. They also handed over their resignation to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
 Jammu Kashmir Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta said, "We have submitted our resignations to CM Mufti. We have now come out of the government."

The BJP had 25 representatives and the PDP 28 in the state Assembly, where the majority mark is 45. The National Confrence has 15, the Congress 12 and others 7 MLAs in the state Assembly.

BJP and the PDP, did not have good relations from time to time in the last three years. Things came to a serious note on Sunday when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh lifted the ceasefire that the government had put in force during the month of Ramzan. Anti-terror operations would resume in full force, he said on Sunday.

Data shows terrorist activity had more than doubled in this month.
The killing of Rising Kashmir editor and a moderate voice Shujaat Bukhari was the last ray in PDP’s hopes that the ceasefire would continue to promote harmony in the Valley.
 The ceasefire was Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s idea, though it received heavy opposition from the state BJP.

Ever since the alliance was formed in 2015, they have publicly showed diffrerences on issues including Article 370 which guarantees special status to J&K within the Indian Union. While the PDP favoured this provision and said it will never allow dilution of this provision, the BJP wanted abolition of Article 370 along with Article 35A are ‘core agendas’ of the party and that it could never abandon it. “Only for the sake of running a coalition government in the state, the party had decided not to press for abolition of Article 370 while in government. The agenda is not abandoned,” the party would say.

Tension also increased over the PDP’s promise to talk to separatists, the proposal to remove the Armed Forces’ Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which gives the Army more power in insurgent areas and even in the rollout of the Goods and Services tax in the state.

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