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“The BJP and PDP have devastated the state government. They have had the maximum number of ceasefire violations in this period. We had the maximum number of our army Jawans killed in these five years. Furthermore, we have had the maximum number of civilians killed, injured and the maximum number of various other atrocities. So after physically, economically and politically finishing the Jammu & Kashmir, the BJP has now pulled out,” said Azad.
“The BJP is saying that because of PDP, the Minister of Ladakh and Jammu Area were unable to do development work. Did they ask anything? Did they raise it in the Cabinet? Did they ever protest in the Cabinet? We have run a Cabinet in J&K, when our deputy CM was there how many times had the Late Mangat Ram walked out from the Cabinet because to have a balanced development. How many times, have the BJP have walked out? Now since they have failed and they have been told say, do this,” said Azad.
Dismissing a possible alliance between the Congress and PDP, Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed the BJP for going into an uneasy alliance and then pulling out of it. "The initiative (for this alliance) was taken by no less than the Prime Minister of India to have a Government because we had approached the PDP (after the 2014 Assembly Elections). I had approached and I am very happy that Omar Saheb seconded that proposal of having a greater alliance, greater alliance of PDP-NC and Congress Party and I had assured on behalf of the Party that there will be support of Mufti Saheb for full term but let them keep away and keep off from the BJP. But it was on the instance of PM Modi, whose party directly or indirectly threatened the PDP that it will not get full assistance, should they go for some other alternative. I had cautioned PM Modi that should he form a Government in alliance with PDP in J&K, “you will be committing a Himalayan blunder which they laughed to it and today I have been proved right that they had done a Himalayan blunder by having a coalition Government with Regional Party in J&K”.
Chief spokesperson of J&K BJP Sunil Sethi said Mehbooba Mufti's party had underestimated the resolve of the BJP thinking that the PDP will always have its ways in all matters. “A message has been sent to it and all forces inimical to national interest that there is strong resolve of the nation to stay together and be ready for any sacrifice for the unity and integrity of the country,” Sethi said. According to him, now is the time for an all-out war against militants and their supporters and give them no place to hide and run. Sethi noted that the BJP joined the government with a firm belief that the coalition will work for the people and provide honest and responsive government. “But it was highly unfortunate that our partner was always against taking strong measures against enemies of the nation. Expecting that India would bow to have dialogue with separatists or Pakistan and its armed stooges is indicative that PDP was living in a fool's paradise,” he claimed.
Chief spokesperson of J&K BJP Sunil Sethi said the insistence of the PDP for extension of the period of suspension of operations and soft approach towards militants, Pakistan and separatists were hurting the nationalistic sentiments not only in Jammu and Kashmir but across the country. "It is a well-thought decision in the given circumstances as continuation of the alliance would have been against national interest," he told reporters. Sethi said that the BJP has proved to one and all that for it staying in power is not significant when it comes to national interest. “The party has always maintained the policy of 'nation first',” he added.
While pulling out of the alliance, the BJP blamed the PDP for failing to improve the security conditions in the Kashmir Valley. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav cited last week's killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in the heart of Srinagar in the highly secured area of Press Enclave by unidentified gunmen. The same day — two days before Eid — an Army jawan was abducted while going on Eid leave and killed. "Terrorism, violence and radicalism have risen and the fundamental rights of citizens, including Right to Life and free speech, are in danger," the BJP leader said.
NSA Ajit Doval & Special Secretary (Internal Security) Rina Mitra leave from Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence after a high-level meeting:
Delhi: NSA Ajit Doval & Special Secretary (Internal Security) Rina Mitra leave from Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence after a high-level meeting. pic.twitter.com/Fu1QHg73jF— ANI (@ANI) June 19, 2018
After the December 2014 assembly elections, it took two months for the outgoing alliance to form. The BJP had won 25 seats and the PDP 28 in the 87-member assembly. The NC has 15 seats, the Congress 12 and others seven. Although the BJP and the PDP had campaigned vigorously against each other, they came together with an Agenda of Alliance in the hope of pulling the state out of the cycle of violence. But the Alliance never took hold and the two parties disagreed on most issues even as the security situation continued to deteriorate.
Arvind Kejriwal tweets, "3 years lost in the valley, 3 years that saw huge civilian & army casualties, 3 years later the valley is worse-off from where it stood then. This is what happens when you put politics over people. I will not allow Delhi to suffer because of dirty politics of Modi Govt."
3 years lost in the valley,— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 19, 2018
3 years that saw huge civilian & army casualties,
3 years later the valley is worse-off from where it stood then.
This is what happens when you put politics over people.
I will not allow Delhi to suffer because of dirty politics of Modi Govt
"The alliance was about dialogue, unilateral ceasefire and making sure the Prime Minister has an open route to talk to Pakistan. We took back cases against 11,000 youths, we have tried the best from our side to continue this alliance. Our stand was that Article 370 will not be taken back and we wanted the special status for the state to continue. I have submitted my resignation to the governor and have told him that we are not looking to explore any other alliance," said Mehbooba Mufti.
Outgoing Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is conducting a press conference after she tenured her resignation following the BJP pulling out the alliance with her party, the PDP. "The alliance with the BJP was part of a bigger vision. It took us many months to form an alliance whose prime focus was reconciliation and dialogue. We took many months to form a common agenda. The tussle between both parties was over Article 370. There can't be muscular politics in J&K, the PDP works on healing touch policy. I am not shocked by the BJP's move, this alliance wasn't about power it was about what we wanted to achieve out of it," she said.
Political analysts feel the BJP may have been pushed to break its alliance with the PDP as they were facing a backlash in their core constituency of Jammu. With the PDP's Mehbooba Mufti as the chief minister, all decisions taken by the government were being associated to the BJP, leading to resentment in Jammu, said sources.
The terms of engagement as part of the alliance included enhanced people to people contact on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC).
"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. Height of Opportunism! Both in J&K and Bihar," tweets Tejashwi Yadav:
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.— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) June 19, 2018
Height of Opportunism! Both in J&K and Bihar.
"We are mourning the demise of democracy in the state. We are not celebrating this situation. It's the governor's decision to dissolve the assembly, not mine. If you don't think the situation is dire in J&K after what has happened, then I don't know what constitutes as dire. Mehbooba Mufti should have pulled out of the alliance, not the BJP. She should have taken the decision earlier, rather than having the rug pulled out from under her," says Omar Abdullah.
"As of now we are headed towards a Governor’s rule but the people of Kashmir do not deserve to live in Governor’s rule. Fresh elections should be held very soon. We will not form coalition government in the state. We will not stake claim to forming the government. I do not wish to speculate on the reason for the BJP to take this decision but they should have taken at least the PDP in confidence. Both parties are equally responsible for what has taken place," says Omar Abdullah.
Kapil Sibal took to Twitter, calling the BJP opportunist. “First an opportunistic alliance with PDP Now an opportunistic breakaway Both acts of political immorality Kaise Desh badlega (when will the country change)?” he asked. Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said the BJP had ruined the state and made the people of J&K victims of their opportunistic alliance.
Congress leader and former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad said he had warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was a ‘Himalayan Blunder’. “I had cautioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that a BJP-PDP alliance will be a Himalayan blunder. We are happy that the Centre has accepted its mistake,” Azad said.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal hits out at the politics being played by the BJP. "Didn’t BJP tell us that demonetisation had broken the back of terrorism in Kashmir? Then what happened?" he tweets:
Didn’t BJP tell us that demonetisation had broken the back of terrorism in Kashmir? Then what happened? https://t.co/S9nyOMocKl— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 19, 2018
AS Dulat | Amarjit Singh Dulat, former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing, had time and again hinted that the PDP-BJP coalition would not survive 2018. Many political pundits in Kashmir say that Dulat could be the next Governor. He has worked in Kashmir for several years having served as the Intelligence Bureau's (IB) special director in Srinagar during former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure. Not only did he supervise the intelligence network during this period, but he was also advisor on Kashmir in the PMO during Vajpayee’s tenure.
Dineshwar Sharma | The Centre’s special representative on J&K Dineshwar Sharma is also touted to be in the race for the new Governor in Jammu and Kashmir. Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Dineshwar Sharma, who was appointed as the government’s special representative to carry forward a dialogue with all sections of the people in Jammu and Kashmir.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Syed Ata Hasnain | Former Commander of Srinagar-based Chinar Corps Lieutenant General (Retired) Syed Ata Hasnain could be among the favourites to be the new Governor of Jammu & Kashmir. He has a legacy of connecting with the common masses and as General Officer Commanding in Jammu and Kashmir in 2010-2011, been at the forefront of Operation Sadbhavana, which in a way helped bring a relative calm to the Valley.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is heading towards Governor’s Rule with the BJP pulling out of the alliance with the PDP. As NN Vohra’s term is about to end, there are other faces that can find themselves in the race for the post. However, according to sources, the change in J&K Governor in the wake of threat to Amarnath Yatra is highly unlikely. While it looks like Vohra will get an extension for at least three months till the Yatra ends, the speculations around a new Governor are also rife. Let's take a look at the possible candidates:
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