New Delhi, June 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday broke an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision was taken following a high- level meeting of BJP leaders with party Chief Amit Shah.
Addressing a press conference in the national capital, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav made the announcement. He said ” In the last fours, we discussed how many of the objectives which we had planned earlier were achieved,”
“After a lot of discussions, the prime minister and Amit Shah and other BJP leaders decided that it has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
Citing the recent killing of Kashmiri Journalist Shujaat Bukhari, the BJP leader stated: “Terrorism, violence and radicalisation have risen and fundamental rights of the citizens are under danger in the Valley”.
“Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, the fact is that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, in a bid to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reigns of power in the state be handed over to the Governor”, Madhav told media.
“We had to respect the mandate of the people. If we would not have formed govt at that time, Governor’s rule or Presidential rule would have been imposed in the Valley. We had an alliance with them just for the mandate that was given by people”.
Soon after the BJP pulled out of the state government, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to the governor.
The differences between the BJP and the PDP reportedly erupted after the governments’ decision to resume anti-terror operations in the state, which were suspended during Ramzan.
The current composition of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, which has 89 seats : PDP- 28, BJP- 25, NC-15, INC-12, J&K people’s conference-2, CPI-1, others-4.