Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti resigns after BJP withdraws support

Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti resigns after BJP withdraws support

These statements from the Army Cheif comes just a few hours after President Ram Nath Kovind gave green signal to Narinder Nath Vohra to rule the state until the next government is formed.

The move came less than a year ahead of the 2019 general elections and a couple of months after the BJP had replaced its Deputy Chief Minister in the wake of outrage over Kathua rape incident. The resignation of Dr Farooq Abdullah-led government against the appointment of Jagmohan as Governor of the State led to the imposition of Governor Rule.

India's federal government took direct control of Kashmir state Wednesday after the ruling Hindu nationalist party ended its long-troubled alliance there with a Kashmiri political party.

Senior BJP leaders, both in the state and at the centre, said that resumption of anti-terrorist operations after the Ramzan ceasefire was the final bone of contention. Terrorism and violence have increased in the valley and radicalization is fast spreading. Defending her rule, she also said a "muscular policy will not work in Jammu and Kashmir".

Having won all its seats from Jammu and Ladhakh, the BJP was apparently sensing a growing sense of dissatisfaction in the two regions with the performance of the coalition government.

After BJP's announcement of exiting the alliance, Vohra spoke to BJP's Kavinder Gupta and PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to find out if they meant to explore alternative alliances to form government in the state, but got a negative response. The United Nations also called for an global inquiry into accusations of rights violations.

Meanwhile, sources in PDP said they wanted Government of India (GoI) to extend the Ramadan ceasefire but it was not done. "This is a surprise for us because we did not have any indication about their decision", Rafi Ahmad Mir, the PDP spokesperson, told ANI.

But, Madhav said, they were sad that the government failed to discharge its responsibilities and the feeling of discrimination towards Jammu and Ladakh regions continued.

Mufti said that her party would continue to seek dialogue and reconciliation in the state.

The killing of Rising Kashmir editor and a moderate voice Shujaat Bukhari was the last nail in PDP's hopes that the ceasefire would continue to promote harmony in the Valley.

Soon Mufti and her party found themselves in a very hard situation particularly in its bastion south Kashmir where people started openly speaking against them, mainly over cobbling up an alliance with the BJP.

He said "a major factor has been the challenge of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism".

Soon after, Madhav made his announcement in Delhi, ending the uneasy, often fractious alliance between the BJP and the PDP and setting the stage for another round of governor's rule. But the chances of these parties coming together are slim because the PDP and NC have always been at loggerheads in the state.

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