Jammu & Kashmir govt falls as BJP pulls out of alliance

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

File photo of Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PTI

Jammu & Kashmir government fell this afternoon as the BJP pulled out of the coalition three years after running the dispensation with PDP in a fragile state. The decision to pull out of the coalition was taken after BJP had summoned its state unit leadership to the capital on Tuesday.

Hours later Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to Governor NN Vohra.

“It has become untenable to continue with the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir,” BJP leader Ram Madhav said, who had played a crucial role 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.

State BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta said “We have submitted our resignation to JK Governor and Chief Minister, and we are out of the alliance…”

The BJP’s move raises the possibility of governor’s rule in the volatile state, the eighth time since it was imposed in 1977. Madhav himself said the party favours governor’s rule.

The BJP, which said it favoured the governor’s rule the state, blamed its hitherto coalition partner PDP for failing to improve the security conditions in the Kashmir Valley. Madhav cited 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.

“Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor,” he said in a presser held at BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

BJP president Amit Shah had called for an urgent meeting of Jammu and Kashmir BJP ministers and some top leaders in New Delhi on Tuesday. The meeting came two days after political parties in Jammu and Kashmir expressed disappointment over Centre’ decision to not extend the ceasefire in the state.

“Centre did everything for the Valley. We’ve tried to put a full-stop to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan. PDP has not been successful in fulfilling its promises. Our leaders have been facing a lot of difficulties from PDP in developmental works in Jammu and Ladakh,” Madhav said.