"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in the state," BJP leader Ram Madhav told reporters in New Delhi in Tuesday (June 19) while announcing his party's decision to walk out of the ruling alliance with Mehbooba Mufti's People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu Kashmir. Madhav, who played a major role in stitching the alliance about three years ago, listed various reasons behind the BJP's decision to end ties with the PDP.
The Kashmir Valley witnessed a rise in terror activities during Mehbooba Mufti's rule and the BJP accused her of failing to control the situation despite there being full support from the Modi government at the Centre.
Reasons why BJP ended alliance with PDP:
1. The BJP blamed the PDP for failing to improve the security conditions in the Kashmir Valley. Ram 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.
2. Terrorism, violence and radicalism have risen and the fundamental rights of citizens, including right to life and free speech, are in danger, Ram Madhav added.
3. The BJP also accused the PDP of failing to fulfil promises of made to people of the region despite every assistance from the Modi government in New Delhi."We are not questioning the intentions of PDP but they have failed in improving the condition of life in Kashmir," Madhav said.
4. There was a lack of coordination between the two parties in the state. "Our leaders have been facing a lot of difficulties from PDP in developmental works in Jammu and Ladakh," Ram Madhav said.
5. Failure of Ramzan ceasefire announced by the Centre. The month-long ceasefire during the month of Ramzan failed to curb terror activities. Two of the most brazen attacks that the Valley had seen in the recent past took place just couple of days ahead of Eid. While noted journalist Shujaat Bukhari was killed outside his office. 44 Rashtriya Rifles jawan Aurangzeb was kidnapped and killed by terrorists while he was on his way home for Eid celebrations
6. The Centre decided to end the unilateral ceasefire allowing the security forces to resume operations against terror groups. The decision to not to extend the ceasefire had reportedly upset the PDP.
7. The decision to end the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir came after BJP president Amit Shah met party lawmakers in New Delhi earlier in the day. Shah also met National Security Advisor (NSA). While the details of the meeting was not revealed but sources said the prevailing security condition of J&K was discussed during the meeting.
8. While Mehbooba Mufti has tendered her resignation to Governor NN Vohra, it is unlikely that PDP will join hands with Congress or National Conference to form government in the troubled state.
9. In the 2015 elections, the BJP won 25 seats and the PDP 28 in the 87-member Assembly. The two parties came together to form government with an 'Agenda of Alliance'. The National Conference has 15 MLAs in the state.
10. "Muscular policy can not work in Jammu and Kashmir. This is not enemy's territory," Mehbooba Mufti said after tendering her resignation in an apparent reference to Modi government's stance of dealing with terrorists with iron hands.
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