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BJP calls it quits, Mehbooba government falls in J&K

The BJP on Tuesday ended its three-year-old alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pulled out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government, setting the stage for yet another round of Governor’s rule.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav made the surprise announcement after the party high command summoned its Jammu and Kashmir ministers for emergency consultations in New Delhi. A few hours later, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to Governor N N Vohra amid a swirl of political activity in Srinagar and New Delhi.

Madhav said: “It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Under such circumstances, the BJP was left with no other option, but to pull out of the alliance,” he said at a press conference.

“Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor,” Madhav said.
Madhav said there was a growing sense of discrimination within the other two regions of the state.
He said the decision was taken after consulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

He also denied that the decision was taken because the BJP was losing ground. “We are doing a lot of good work in the state,” he said.
In a press statement released on Tuesday evening, the BJP accused the state government of showing little interest in improving the state’s law and order condition.
“The state government has not been effective in addressing the core issues of the state. The security scenario has deteriorated causing serious concern about the protection of basic fundamental rights of life, free speech etc. Daylight murder of a respected editor like Shujat Bukhari in the heart of Srinagar city is an indicator to the deterioration of the situation and the extent of radicalisation,” the statement said.

BJP president Amit Shah held an urgent meeting of Jammu and Kashmir BJP ministers and some top leaders in the national capital on Tuesday.
The BJP central leadership deliberated on the party’s strategy in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and also took stock of the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.
“All the BJP ministers had been called to New Delhi for a meeting,” said a senior Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader.