New Delhi, June 19: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has forwarded his report to the President of India for the imposition of Governor’s Rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. The development came after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced at a press conference that it was pulling out of the “untenable” alliance with the PDP.
Vohra suggested that Governor’s Rule should be imposed for six months in the state, official sources said. Officials in the national capital said that Home Ministry had received the recommendation which will be sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent. It is believed the rift started after the government announced that the unilateral ceasefire imposed during the holy month of Ramzan will not be extended.
Earlier in the day, announcing his party’s sudden decision at a hurriedly-called press conference, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said that Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and nine other BJP ministers had tendered their resignation to Governor Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The state leaders were called to the national capital for urgent consultations. The BJP’s move has come when the 2019 elections are less than a year away and a couple of months after the BJP had replaced its Deputy Chief Minister in the wake of outrage over Kathua rape incident.
“It has become untenable for the BJP to continue the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir in the situation that has developed today. Terrorism and violence have increased in the valley and radicalization is fast spreading. Fundamental rights of citizens and right to free speech of people have come under threat in the valley as symbolized by the murder of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in broad daylight in Srinagar,” Madhav said.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP formed a coalition more than two months after the December 2014 elections returned a hung verdict, in which the PDP got 28 seats and the BJP 25, while the National Conference secured 15 and the Congress managed to win 12 in a House of 89. The government came to power on March 1, 2015.
Here are the top developments in BJP-PDP alliance split:
1. Shiv Sena said this alliance was anti-national & unnatural. “Our party chief had said, this alliance won’t work out. Had they continued with it, they would have had to answer in 2019 Lok Sabha election,” it said.
2. Speaking on the fallout, PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said, “We tried our best to run the government with the BJP. This had to happen. This is a surprise to us because we did not have any indication about their decision.
3. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Whatever has happened is good. People of J&K will get some relief. They (BJP) ruined Kashmir & have now pulled out, the maximum number of civilian & Army men died during these 3 years. That question does not arise (on forming an alliance with PDP).
4. After meeting with the Governor, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that their party will not back the PDP to form a government in the state saying that it didn’t have the mandate in 2014.
5. “After running & ruining J&K for 3.4 years, the self-claimed nationalist & opportunist BJP suddenly realised they are not capable of controlling terrorism, violence & its promises so they run away from key roles & responsibilities. The height of Opportunism! Both in J&K and Bihar,” tweeted Tejashwi Yadav.
6. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also hit out at the BJP. “Didn’t BJP tell us that demonetisation had broken the back of terrorism in Kashmir? Then what happened?” he tweeted.
7. Mehbooba Mufti, who had just stepped down as the chief minister, said the alliance wasn’t formed in a quest for power. She said, “There was this party at the Centre and we shook hands with them to resolve the problems which plague Jammu and Kashmir. It took us months to find a common ground…to find a common agenda. Our aim was reconciliation. We wanted to open up the dialogue with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and also that confidence-building measures are taken.”
8. Three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists were killed after a gunfight broke out between them and the security personnel in Tral in Pulwama district. One CRPF jawan was injured in the attack. Reportedly, a protest also started in the area with stone-pelters trying to disrupt the operation.
9. Later, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at his residence. Accompanying the duo in the meeting was Special Secretary (Internal Security) Rina Mitra, Home Secretary and Joint Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir. The move was seen as an attempt by the Centre to formulate a new Kashmir policy in the wake of the split.