The decision of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to pull out of its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu-Kashmir has been nothing less of a shock. Three years after the two parties came together following a hung verdict in 2014, the ruling party decided to end affairs on Tuesday. Within a few minutes, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti handed in her resignation to the governor N.N Vohra.
The party’s J&K in-charge, Ram Madhav said in a press conference, “After taking stock of the situation in the state, the central government and central party is of the view that we should leave the government” further insinuating that it had become “untenable for BJP to continue”. The two parties had polarizing views regarding the growing security concerns in the state and Ms Mufti’s approach proved to be a major concern for BJP. On her instance, a ceasefire had been called during Ramazan and according to Ram Madhav, she wanted to continue it even after Eid.
The two parties had formed the government on March 1, 2015, with an ‘Agenda of Alliance’ after PDP had won 28 seats and BJP had won 25 seats in the 89 member house.
Various leaders from other political parties took to Twitter to share their views. Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “The opportunistic BJP-PDP alliance set fire to J&K, killing many innocent people including our brave soldiers. It cost India strategically & destroyed years of UPA’s hard work. The damage will continue under Governor’s rule. Incompetence, arrogance & hatred always fail (sic),”
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “After ruining it, BJP pulls out of Kashmir (sic),” Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah tweeted, “She was cutting ribbons while the BJP was cutting her legs out from under her. How I wish she had left with her head held high & her dignity intact! She was J&K’s CM, not of the BJPDP (sic)”