Published On: Tue, Jun 19th, 2018

BJP pulls out of alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi: The BJP today has decided to pull out of its ruling alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. The decision has been taken by BJP party president Amit Shah based on the views of the BJP’s J&K ministers, the TV channels said. The decision has been conveyed to the PDP.

The BJP has ended three-year-old alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP.

The BJP-PDP alliance that came into power after the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly election of 2014 which saw the PDP emerging as the biggest party with 28 seats and the BJP emerging as the second-biggest with 25 seats comes at a time when faultlines had been apparent for at least a few months.

Just before the alliance breaking, the Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM Nirmal Kumar Singh had hit out at CM Mehbooba Mufti over her alleged wish for the Ramzan ceasefire to be extended. And a few months before that, a major flashpoint was witnessed between the BJP and PDP as the former’s ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government tendered their resignations over the fallout from the horrific Kathua rape and murder’s chargesheet being filed.

“It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir,” Ram Madhav, party general secretary, told reporters.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah welcomed the alliance breaking and opined that ‘Governor’s rule may be the only way out of the turmoil in the state.


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