New Delhi, June 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti‘s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, following which Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to the Governor. Addressing a press conference, senior BJP leader and party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav said,”We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing.”
“Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, fact is that J&K is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reigns of power in the state be handed over to the Governor,” Ram Madhav said, adding,”Our efforts to fight terrorism will continue.”
Citing Centre’s unilateral ceasefire initiative against terrorists during the holy month of Ramzan, the BJP leader asserted that they did everything for the peace of the Valley. “We’ve tried to put a full-stop to the ceasefire violations by Pak. PDP has not been successful in fulfilling its promises. Our leaders have been facing a lot of difficulties from PDP in developmental works in Jammu & Ladakh,” Madhav alleged.
Furthermore he stated,”Terrorism, violence and radicalisation have risen and fundamental rights of the citizens are under danger in the Valley. Shujaat Bukhari’s killing is an example.”
Calling BJP’s decision a surprise, Rafi Ahmad Mir, PDP Spokesperson said,”We tried our best to run the govt with BJP. This had to happen. This is a surprise for us because we did not have any indication about their decision.”
Reacting over the development, BJP’s disgruntled ally Shiv Sena said,”This alliance was anti-national and 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 elections.”
The BJP had 25 lawmakers while the PDP had 28 in the J&K state assembly. The majority mark is 45.