The state of Jammu and Kashmir is once again brought under the Governor’s rule. The communiqué was issued on Wednesday, a day after the government collapsed following BJP’s pull out from the coalition three years after running the dispensation with PDP in a fragile state.
Hours later Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to Governor NN Vohra, who forwarded the report to President Ram Nath Kovind for imposition of Governor’s rule in the state.
The decision to pull out of the coalition was taken after BJP had summoned its state unit leadership to the capital on Tuesday.
“It has become untenable to continue with the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir,” BJP leader Ram Madhav had said in a hurriedly called presser at BJP headquarters in Delhi. Madhav was pivotal in the formation of government after the 2015 Assembly polls threw fractured mandate.
PDP had won 28 seats, while BJP got 25 seats in the assembly polls. Other two parties, Congress and National Conference had won 12 and 15 seats, respectively.
“We held discussions with the ministers and our leaders of the state and it was unanimously decided to pull out of an alliance,” he said, adding that BJP favours governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
The BJP, which said it favoured the governor’s rule the state, blamed its former coalition partner PDP for failing to improve the security conditions in the Kashmir Valley. Madhav cited spike in the incidences of stone pelting and last week’s killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in the heart of Srinagar in the highly secured area of Press Enclave by unidentified gunmen.
The same day — two days before Eid — an Army jawan was abducted while going on Eid leave and killed.
Meanwhile, PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti contested BJP’s charges and said that the muscular security policy will not work in the state and reconciliation is the key.
“I am not shocked as this alliance was never for power. PDP never believes in power politics and we worked for the people,” she told reporters soon after the fall of her government on Tuesday afternoon.
She began her press conference by raising Article 370, under which the state enjoys a special status, and said “…we have safeguarded Article 370 and 35-A (of the Constitution) and we will continue to do that”.
She also mentioned about the unilateral ceasefire during Ramazan announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lahore in 2015.
Other parties in the state – Congress and National Conference – outrightly rejected the possibility of pitching their numbers behind the PDP for the formation of any government, paving the way for Governor’s rule in the state.