The BJP on Tuesday announced that it had withdrawn support to Jammu and Kashmir government as the party had severed its ties with the PDP in the state.
Speaking to reporters, Ram Madhav said, “We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing. Terrorism, violence and radicalisation have risen and fundamental rights of the citizens are under danger in the Valley. Journalist Shujaat Bukhari’s killing is an example.”
This was for the first time since forming the government at the Centre that the BJP on Tuesday admitted that the terrorist related incidents had risen alarmingly in the state. But this confession came minutes after Madhav announced the split with PDP. Up until now, the opposition and the data from the home ministry often pointed out this fact, but the members of the central government denied it.
Madhav added, “Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, fact is that J&K is an integral part of India, in order 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.”
The BJP’s national general secretary also added, “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.”
Taking a jibe at the split, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Obdullah tweeted, “And so it has come to pass……..”
And so it has come to pass……..
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 19, 2018
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “After ruining it, BJP pulls out of Kashmir.” His another tweet read, “Didn’t BJP tell us that demonetisation had broken the back of terrorism in Kashmir? Then what happened?”
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sent her resignation to the governor paving the way for the imposition of the President’s Rule in the state. The Congress is believed to have declined to form an alternative government in the valley.
The BJP was often criticised for it sheer hypocrisy as it desperately formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir with a party, whose ideology was diametrically opposite to each other.
Many experts believe that this split was imminent ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls since the alliance with PDP was likely to damage the saffron party’s nationalism and pro-Hindutva agenda.
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