BJP pulls out of an alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti during a Budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Jammu in January 2017. Mehbooba resigned as the state’s chief minister on Tuesday after the BJP pulled out the alliance with her Peoples Democratic Party

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

Anti-terror operations would resume in full force, Singh said on Sunday.

It is for the fourth time that the sensitive border state was placed under Central rule in the last one decade-all under the tenure of Vohra, who was made the Governor in June 2008. By quitting the J&K government, the BJP is now in power in 19 of 29 states.

An official gazette notification issued in Srinagar said the Governor Vohra has put Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly under suspended animation.

Th partners, what her father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had termed as "North Pole and South Pole", fell apart before the completion of the stipulated six-year term of the government. When Congress had formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir, we had reduced terrorism.

Sources in the RSS told IANS that a report card over the Kashmir situation was also presented at the Surajkund meet and later forwarded to the Prime Minister.

In a surprise move, the BJP on Tuesday pulled out of the three-year-old ruling coalition with the PDP in the state that was placed under Governor's rule this morning.

Mehbooba, 59, listened to the news in silence, and after a pause said there was no need for talks with the BJP and she would be submitting her resignation, the officials said. The meeting that started around 1:30 pm lasted for nearly half an hour, and was attended by chief secretary B.B. Vyas, principal secretary to the chief minister Rohit Kansal and the commissioner/secretaries from the law, finance, social welfare and general administration departments, apart from legislators from constituencies with an SC/ST population.

The Congress on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of a coalition with the Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDP), making Governor's rule look imminent in Jammu and Kashmir.

"This alliance was unholy".

"BJP had joined hands with PDP to form the J&K government with some goals". But better late than never. Indicating that the alliance ended due to the BJP's persistence with a muscular policy in the Valley, Mehbooba Mufti said she did everything to take reconciliatory measures in Jammu and Kashmir.

Having won all its seats from Jammu and Ladhakh, the BJP was apparently sensing a growing sense of dissatisfaction in the two regions with the performance of the coalition government.

"After a meeting with BJP [President] Amit Shah, we decided that we can not continue with the PDP in the state".

Security preparations for the annual Amarnath yatra also figured during the meetings held by the Governor.

It saw increased violence and protests against Indian rule, with civilians often clashing with security forces. The Yatra, an annual pilgrimage through South Kashmir districts to a cave shrine in Amarnath, ends on August 26.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told the media: "We have taken a decision".

Reacting to the development, former state chief minister and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah tweeted, "And so it has come to pass.(sic)".

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