Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Why PDP-BJP fell apart; bumpy road ahead for Mehbooba Mufti

Politics       BJP pulls out of alliance with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir
       
       	        Ruhi Tewari         19 June 2018 Politics BJP pulls out of alliance with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir Ruhi Tewari 19 June 2018
Andrew Cummings | 20 June, 2018, 20:05

If the PDP were to ally with the opposition 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.

The chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, has resigned after the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit a coalition with her party. "Fundamental rights of citizens and right to free speech of people have come under threat in the valley as symbolized by the murder of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in broad daylight in Srinagar", Madhav said.

The three-year government in the state collapsed on Tuesday, 19 June after the BJP snapped ties with PDP in the state.

"We had always said muscular security policy will not work in Jammu and Kashmir". Earlier, the BJP pulled out of the Mehbooba government citing worsening security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Today, however, Naem Akhter, a senior PDP minister and close confidante of Mehbooba, described the BJP's decision as "unexpected move", but added it was "politics and there is no room for emotions".

But even before this past month, the two parties had been drifting apart, both locked into a war of words both publicly and privately, each blaming the other for massive mob violence and the rising militancy in Kashmir.

After BJP's announcement of exiting the alliance, Vohra spoke to BJP's Kavinder Gupta and PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to find out if they meant to explore alternative alliances to form government in the state, but got a negative response. "She wants to spend time with her family right now", said the source.

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday came out in open stating that the party is ready to sacrifice the government thousand times if it is for the safeguard of the interests of the people of Kashmir and save them from tyrannical times.

Asked if he considered the ceasefire a mistake as it turned out to be the bloodiest Eid in the valley in recent years, he said it was not true that big attacks had not happened on Eid in the past.

With the killing of civilians during protests and counterinsurgency operations by the security forces, maiming and blinding of many more in the use of shotgun pellets and other alleged atrocities going unabated, Mufti's image as a politician crumbled further over past two years. The resignation of Dr Farooq Abdullah-led government against the appointment of Jagmohan as Governor of the State led to the imposition of Governor Rule. The two ministers were subsequenlty sacked.

In the evening, when Mehbooba addressed a hurriedly called press conference at her residence, she termed the BJP's decision to bid the coalition goodbye as the party's prerogative.

Political decisions will now be made by the government in New Delhi, though day-to-day life is unlikely to change significantly for the people of Kashmir.

The former chief minister was reacting to BJP leader and former deputy chief minister (DCM) Kavinder Gupta's reported statement that his party was " working on something".

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