How a phone call ended BJP-PDP tie-up in Kashmir

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The BJP was pulling out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the party's general secretary Ram Madhav said here today. Terrorism and violence have increased in the valley and radicalization is fast spreading.

Officials told the news agency that the governor's call came just a few minutes before BJP general secretary Ram Madhav held a press conference in New Delhi to announce the saffron party's decision at around 2 pm.

It is untenable for the BJP to continue in alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. Had it been for power, that time Omar (Abdullah) and Congress had offered us support.

Madhav said the freedom of speech, along with other fundamental rights, have come under threat in the Kashmir Valley.

"They are the victors here", said Jacob.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told reporters that her party believes in reconciliation while the BJP insisted on following "muscular policies" which can not bring peace to Kashmir.

In the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections held in 2015, the BJP won 25 seats and the PDP 28, in the 87-member House.

"State president Ravinder Raina, DyCM Kavinder Gupta and all BJP ministers including Ministers of States, and three other party leaders have been directed to reach Delhi immediately", the BJP insiders told Rising Kashmir.

"My father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, was convinced that unless we involve the central leadership, leaders who are in power in Delhi, no government here will be able to deliver".

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By aligning with PDP - viewed by many as a soft separatist party because it supports talks with Pakistan - the BJP lost face with its Hindu right-wing base, he said. The silence or the inability of the chief minister to condemn human rights violations, such as the use of a human shield by an Indian Army officer in April 2017, saw her popularity plummet. Since then, incidents have more than doubled over the last four years to 2017.

It cited the killing of influential Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari last week to make its point.

The decision was taken even after Mehbooba Mufti urged the government to continue with the ceasefire. The PDP did not agree to it which set off differences of point of no return. The Centre had also given a package of Rs 80,000 crore.

According to reports, the PDP and the BJP did not see eye to eye over the Centre's decision to end its Ramzan ceasefire with terrorists. They were planning to launch "Operation All Out II" against the militants.

"I have resigned from chief ministership, shook hands with BJP for the sake of serving the people", she said.

The BJP gave two main reasons for quitting the alliance: the deteriorating law and order situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, and the lack of development in other parts of the state. She said her party did not want to attempt another government formation. "The agenda is not abandoned", the party would say. PDP has not been successful in fulfilling its promises.

This March, the PDP sacked its minister Haseeb Drabu who was a popular interlocutor between the allies.

"She was cutting ribbons while the BJP was cutting her legs out from under her", the National Conference vice-president and former chief minister tweeted.

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