Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with her ministers have given their resignation to the Governor as the result of the BJP’s conflict with the alliance People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The news is confirmed by the BJP secretary Ram Madhav.
Madhav said at the press conference, “Restoring peace in Kashmir and encouraging fast development in Jammu and Kashmir, these were the objectives with which we joined with the PDP”.
The decision to withdraw the power was taken as it is untenable for the BJP to continue working with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. Madhav claimed that the BJP will keep the national interest in mind and hand over the powers to the governor as the government has failed to achieve intended objectives in Kashmir.
He added, “Keeping national interest in mind and that Kashmir is an integral part of India, we have to sat it is time that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor. We are not questioning the intention of the government but it has failed to achieve the intended objectives in the Kashmir valley”.
However, PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said that he was surprised with the BJP’s decision as there was no indication about it. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the breakup for the alliance was good for the people.
BJP and PDP were in power after the 2014 Assembly election win. PDP won by the votes while PDP had extended support in the Jammu and Kashmir. PDP holds 28 seats while BJP holds 25.
The two parties shared several difference and most recently when Mehbooba Mufti had asked for the ceasefire while the State BJP did not support for the decision. The differences were highlighted when BJP MLA’s joined a rally protesting against the gangrape and murder of an eight-year old in Jammu Kathua.