New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday broke off its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party headed by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
“It has become untenable for [the] BJP to continue with the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir,” said National General Secretary Ram Madhav. “We formed the government three years ago,..it was a fractured mandate in 2014.”
He added that the BJP won a majority in Jammu and the PDP in Kashmir. “We then formed Agenda of Alliance with the PDP.”
The BJP had 25 lawmakers and the PDP had 28 in the State Assembly, where the majority mark is 45.
The rift between the two parties widened following the central government’s decision to resume anti-terror operations in the state after Ramzan.
The PDP of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asserted that the Centre needed to reach out to the separatists. The Centre argued that the separatists lost an opportunity as they did not take a cue from civil society, the sources said.
The central government’s special peace initiative in the Kashmir Valley— suspension of cordon and search operations —was taken to provide relief to the people during the holy month of Ramzan.
However, the ground level report indicated that the terror activities had more than doubled in this period. On the eve of Eid, senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar. With it, any faint hope of an extension of the ceasefire ended.
The alliance between the BJP and the PDP, parties with widely divergent views, had been shaky since the beginning. The rift showed from time to time— over PDP’s promises of talks with separatists, the proposal to remove the AFSPA (the Armed Forces’ Special Powers Act under which grants special powers to the army in insurgency-hit areas), and even the rollout of the government’s flagship Goods and Services Tax.