BJP sacrifices Kashmir for 'Mission 2019'

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2018

Jammu and Kashmir was put under governor's rule on Wednesday after the Bharatiya Janata Party ended its nearly 40-month-old alliance with Mehbooba Mufti's PDP, saying it had become impossible to continue in the government in view of the growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.

Immediately after receiving President of India's approval, Governor N.N. Vohra issued the Proclamation to impose Governor's Rule in the State under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir today.

"Keeping in mind the fact that J-K is an integral part of India, integrity and sovereignty of the region, we want the governor to take charge of the state", said Ram Madhav.

"The decision of the BJP to withdraw from the coalition is fraught with danger of creating greater political instability in J&K and signifies total political failure of party's approach towards the state", the leftist leader said, adding the BJP was equally responsible for contributing to the prevailing situation in the state.

A boy waves a flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a rally in Jammu December 1, 2013. Defending her rule, she also said a "muscular policy will not work in Jammu and Kashmir".

After a brief pause, she said that talks with the BJP were not necessary and that she would be submitting her resignation soon.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police SP Vaid said anti-militancy operations will be "carried out based on intelligence inputs", and that they will go on even during the Amarnath Yatra.

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He said the BJP, a national party, should not have allied with PDP, a regional player.

Any intensification of the insurgency or deterioration of the situation in Kashmir carries the risk of prompting confrontation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

By going with the ideologically-divergent BJP, perceived also as being anti-Muslim, by a majority of the voters who strongly favoured the PDP for its pro-Kashmiri stance in the elections to pre-empt a sort of coup d'état. Calling the coalition "untenable", BJP attributed the rise in terrorism, extremism and violence as the main reasons behind its decision to pull out of the coalition. By quitting the J&K government, the BJP is now in power in 19 of 29 states.

The former chief minister was reacting to BJP leader and former deputy chief minister (DCM) Kavinder Gupta's reported statement that his party was " working on something".

She said the alliance dissolution doesn't come as a shock for her as she did not form the government with BJP for power politics.

The BJP had 25 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, while the PDP had 28. Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and Army jawan Aurangzeb were killed in separate attacks on the same day, last week.

The central rule came to an end on 5 January 2009, after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was sworn in as the youngest chief minister of the state. On the border also, we took steps to contain violence by erecting 4,000 bunkers.

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