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Jammu and Kashmir government falls as BJP quits alliance with PDP

BJP quits government in Jammu and Kashmir, ends alliance with PDP #BJPdumpsPDP: J&K CM Submits Resignation
Deanna Wagner | 20 June, 2018, 09:53

"Trust deficit, governance deficit and soft separatism - these were the three main complaints against Mehbooba Mufti when the BJP made a decision to pull plug on its alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir", said a person familiar with the thinking of the Union government. "The locals are not going to benefit from any of these projects, and that's why the Sena is opposed to them", he said.

The PDP and the BJP formed a coalition government in Jammu & Kashmir in March 2015. "Now, under the governor's rule the security forces are expected to step up pressure against militants", said a home ministry official on the condition of anonymity.

BJP Chief Amit Shah had called in for an urgent meeting with J&K's BJP members and according to the reports CM Mufti is likely to resign from her post reports dnaindia. "We didn't do this alliance for power. PDP never believes in power politics and we worked for the people", she told reporters after an hour-long meeting with her ministers and party workers at her residence.

Mehbooba maintained that Jammu and Kashmir was not an enemy territory as being perceived by few.

"Due to the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, we were losing our grounds in Jammu and Laddakh region. But we have defended it in the court of law", she said.

BJP's pullout from the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering resignation by PDP chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, puts the focus back on the state.

Except that the alliance represented two politically variant regions in the government, none of the promises enshrined in the Agenda of Alliance that they had sewed up painstakingly was implemented.

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In another scenario, the Congress, the PDP and the main opposition National Conference (NC) could come together to form a government. "After the situation is restored, we will consider what to do in the future and take the political process forward", he said.

"The government is conscious of the fact that increased operations may lead to retaliation from the other side, and ensuring peaceful Amarnath yatra was an important assignment", said the minister, who requested anonymity.

"She wanted to continue with the ceasefire but the Centre was adamant because ceasefire results were not on expected lines", a senior BJP leader familiar with the developments said. Since then, incidents have more than doubled over the last four years to 2017.

As many as 744 people died in these three years: 471 terrorists, 201 security forces and 72 civilians, the data show. The Congress, which has 12 seats in the assembly, said there was no question of an alliance with Mufti's party. "You know that an interlocutor was also appointed for addressing grievances of the people in Jammu and Kashmir". She said her party did not want to attempt another government formation. We acted in the case of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl.

Jammu and Kashmir BJP lawmakers welcomed the Centre's decision to pull out from the PDP alliance.

The BJP also accused the PDP of not initiating any political process to decrease the radicalization of youth in the Valley.

"We have tried our best for dialogue and reconciliation and in future also we will continue to make efforts in this regard", she added.