Srinagar, Jun 21: Jammu and Kashmir Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Ravinder Raina alleged threat to life on Thursday. He claimed that the threat call that he received today was from Karachi. The development comes 48 hours after the BJP pulled out of alliance with PDP. The state is currently under Governor’s rule which was imposed on Wednesday after approval by President Ram Nath Kovind.
“I have informed the concerned authorities and the Governor about the threats I have been receiving for the past few months. Even today I received a threat call from Karachi,” Raina was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Meanwhile, Ram Madhav, BJP’s National General Secretary, said that the decision to end alliance with PDP in J&K was taken in national interest. “…it was for larger interest of nation & J&K’s ppl. We’ve abandoned govt in J&K not ppl of the state. We’ll work for betterment,” he said. Explaining further, the BJP leader said that a sense of lack of development and discrimination in Jammu and Ladakh led to the alliance split, news agency ANI reported.
On being asked if the decision to break away from the PDP alliance was something to do with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, Madhav said that the decision “never had electoral consideration behind it”.
The BJP on Tuesday announced its decision to break alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party in the state citing growing terror activities and radicalisation in the valley making its continuance “untenable”.
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.
It also came two days after the Centre decided not to continue with the ceasefire.