New Delhi, June 19:  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said that the BJP decision to pull out its support with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir is for the betterment of the country. Talking to a news agency, ANI, he said that local leadership, Deputy CM (of J&K) and state ministers were taken into confidence.

He said, “Local leadership, Deputy CM (of J&K) & state ministers were taken into confidence, in the interest of the country & J&K BJP took this step & BJP will continue to do whatever is necessary for benefit of the state.”

More than three years after they formed an uneasy coalition, the BJP on Tuesday announced that it has pulled out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government, citing growing terror activities and radicalization in the valley making its continuance “untenable”. Announcing the party’s sudden decision at a hurriedly-called press conference, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ram Madhav said that Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and nine other ministers from the party have tendered their resignation to Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The state leaders were called to the national capital for urgent consultations.

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 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 with 15 and Congress managed to win 12 in a House of 89. The government came to power on March 1, 2015.

The BJP leader said that the coalition was formed with an intention of restoring peace in Kashmir and encouraging fast development in all the three regions of the state including Jammu and Ladakh.

Later in the evening, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, said, “Muscular policy will not work here. What I have been talking about all this while, only our healing touch policy will work in Jammu and Kashmir.” She also hinted at a case of cow vigilantism which she claimed her government dealt with as sternly as it could.