The BJP on Tuesday announced that it had withdrawn support to Jammu and Kashmir government as the party had severed its ties with the PDP in the state.
Among one of the reasons cited to justify reasons, BJP’s Ram Madhav said that his party was concerned on the alarming rise in incidents of terrorism in the valley. This is the first time the saffron formally conceded that situation in Jammu and Kashmir had deteriorated under its government.
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.”
Taking a potshot, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “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?”
As expected, the news also dominated the conversation on social media with users mocking the saffron party by highlighting its perceived hypocrisy. Some of them also shared the old tweets of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had termed the government formed by PDP-BJP ‘historic.’ He had tweeted on 1 March 2015, “PDP-BJP govt is a historic opportunity to fulfil (sic) the aspirations of the people of J&K and take the State to new heights of progress.”
Even then Modi had faced barrage of criticism for glaring hypocrisy because only a year ago in 2014, he had slammed PDP calling it a ‘dynastic’ party.
Here are some of the reactions on today’s development;
This split was imminent ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls since an alliance with PDP would damage BJP’s nationalism and pro-Hindutva agenda. next year. Another confirmation that BJP will fight 2019 elections purely on Hindutva and not vikas. https://t.co/kXb68DQYpR
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) June 19, 2018
I thought #BJP will remove 370 someday.
Instead they removed themselves.
— kaveri (@ikaveri) June 19, 2018
At last the forced marriage ends with Triple Talaq. #BJPDumpsPDP
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) June 19, 2018
बडा सवाल –
कश्मीर नहीं संभल रहा, देश कैसे संभलेगा?
— ASHUTOSH MISHRA (@ashu3page) June 19, 2018
फकीर ने कश्मीर के धूने को 4 साल तक खूब सुलगाया, जब आँच ज्यादा हो गयी तो झोला उठा लिया। #BJPDumpsPDP
— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) June 19, 2018
BJP Pulls out of PDP – after fucking up on Kashmir
Wonder if any newspaper will print this headline ?
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) June 19, 2018
The BJP has pulled out of J&K alliance only to get a freer hand to take rhetoric about Pakistan-Kashmir-Muslims to new pitch in countdown to 2019. Make no mistake, its about electoral strategy for rest of country. My heart goes out to people of Kashmir…
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) June 19, 2018
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.