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BJP Summons J&K Ministers to Delhi Amid Signs of Rift With PDP Over End of Ramzan Ceasefire

The Centre had called off the Ramzan ceasefire a day after Eid, citing provocative action from militants after cessation of operations by security forces.


Updated:June 19, 2018, 12:38 PM IST

New Delhi: Days after the Centre announced it would not extend the Ramzan ceasefire in the Valley, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called its cabinet ministers in Jammu and Kashmir to New Delhi for consultation with the party leadership.

State BJP president Ravinder Raina and other ministers are expected to meet party leaders, including national president Amit Shah and general secretary Ram Madhav, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Shah is scheduled to visit Jammu on June 23.

Sources said the meeting appeared to have been convened following differences between the ruling PDP and BJP over the issue of the ceasefire. While J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wanted it to be extended, the Centre decided against it in view of the situation in the Valley.

The Centre had called off the Ramzan ceasefire a day after Eid, citing provocative action from militants after cessation of operations by security forces.

The brutal murder of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari and abduction and killing of army jawan Aurangzeb are said to have prompted the decision.

In a series of tweets, Union home minister Rajnath Singh announced that security forces had been directed to resume operations.

“It was expected that everyone will cooperate in ensuring the success of this initiative. While the Security Forces have displayed exemplary restraint during this period, the terrorists have continued with their attacks, on civilians and SFs, resulting in deaths and injuries,” he said.

The calling off of the ceasefire has restricted space for PDP to manoeuvre a narrative for its coalition with the BJP.

However, this is not the first time that differences have cropped up between the alliance partners.

Earlier, the PDP reportedly threatened to pull out of the coalition over the issue of two BJP ministers rallying behind the Hindu Ekta Manch, which was demanding a CBI inquiry into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district. The BJP had asked both the ministers to resign from cabinet.

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