Withdrawal of BJP from Kashmir government could herald 'muscular policy'

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

Senior home ministry officials said that they felt Rajnath had so far been unaware of the impending decision.

"J&K Governor has forwarded his report to the President of India for imposition of Governor's Rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir", a spokesman of the governor's office had said yesterday, as per media reports. Governor's Rule returns to the troubled state after almost 10 years.

This month, the federal government ordered a suspension of operations against militants during the holy month of Ramadan, a concession promoted by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP.

Omar made Mehbooba the target of his attack, saying he had been asking her to quit the alliance for more than a year now.

Tension had also simmered over the PDP's promise to talk to separatists, the proposal to remove the Armed Forces' Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which gives the Army more power in insurgent areas and even in the rollout of the Goods and Services tax in the state.

The decision to pull out from the Jammu and Kashmir government was taken days after RSS top leadership held discussion on government policies at Surajkund in Haryana.

"If the BJP took this decision to avoid answering these issues in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, I think it is a political decision", he said.

The cracks in the alliance between the two ideologically antithetical parties had been visible time and again in the three years that it survived.

"I have told the governor we will not go into any other alliance", she said.

The central rule ended after the PDP and the BJP stitched an alliance paving the way for the return of Mufti Sayeed as chief minister on March 1, 2015. "Ideologically, the two are completely different parties". His another tweet read, "Didn't BJP tell us that demonetisation had broken the back of terrorism in Kashmir?" Critics accuse it of peddling "soft separatism" revolving around reconciliation with Pakistan and separatist groups fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir. "We are gearing up to repeat our performance in the upcoming elections and don't want to be seen doing anything that could end up harming us badly", Gupta said. "Since Modi and Shah are the two most important people in the government, the NSA was doing his duty. No one questioned his commitment for the state", he said. Kashmir is not an enemy territory, and with or without us, things will never change on the ground without the healing touch policy. "You know that an interlocutor was also appointed for addressing grievances of the people in Jammu and Kashmir".

"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir in the situation that has developed today". For example, there was apprehension among people that once the BJP becomes part of the coalition government, there will be threat to Article 370. "But we have defended it in the court of law", she said.

Shiv Sena senior leader, Sanjay Raut, said that the coalition government of PDP and BJP was anti-national and unnatural.

"After BJP come to power, there was a sense of insecurity among the minorities in Jammu region".

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