BJP quits Kashmir govt, calls for federal rule over region

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

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After the withdrawal of Bharatiya Janata Party from the alliance of Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti in a press conference on Tuesday said that she formed an alliance with BJP thinking that it would provide stable government for the people of Kashmir and better relations with Pakistan as BJP had managed to get a huge mandate at the Centre.

But senior PDP leader Naem Akhter put the entire blame on the BJP, saying the party has proved that it is New Delhi which "betrays" Kashmir and not the other way around.

It cited the killing of influential Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari last week to make its point.

"We have not entered into this alliance for power".

However, sections of security forces and also senior Army commanders were against extending Ramzan ceasefire and even eager not only to resume but also bump up anti-militant and anti-terror operations across the Kashmir Valley at earliest.

What led to the split?

She added that her target was to save Article 370 that gives special status to the state and PDP did that for 3-4 years. "It seems their (BJP's) image is going down on the issue of Kashmir".

Mehbooba said her party's objective was reconciliation in Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue, confidence building measures and good relations with Pakistan.

There was a feeling that the visuals of security personnel being pelted with stones or being targeted in ambush was neutralising the image that BJP had sought to build for itself after the surgical strikes of 2016, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly referred to in his election speeches.

Over 4,000 first information reports against 14,315 stone pelters have been registered during the last three years in the state, according to this reply to the J&K legislative council on February 7, 2018.

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It saw increased violence and protests against Indian rule, with civilians often clashing with security forces. "Ideologically, the two are completely different parties".

The PDP won 28 of 87 seats in the 2014 state assembly elections with the BJP coming second with 25. The Home Minister used to visit the Valley from time to time.

"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir in the situation that has developed today".

The BJP, on the other hand, has now strengthened its rule in the state since the governor does what New Delhi tells him, Jacob said. "We should trust his wisdom and see how he will restore people's government at the earliest", Omar said.

Forming a government will need the support of 44 of the 89 legislators in the state assembly.

If the PDP were to ally with the Congress party which has 12 lawmakers, they would also need the support of the state's three elected independent lawmakers to get the required numbers.

He added that the fall of the government has left the PDP "discredited", but the BJP would go all out to sell its decision.

Former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta, who attended the meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday chaired by national party president Amit Shah, clearly acknowledged that elections were the focus of the deliberations and outweighed the need to save the alliance. He tweeted "so it has come to pass" after the news of the BJP pullout but has not commented since.

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