The political treadmills in Jammu and Kashmir have started to roll again with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulling out of the alliance with People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The move is now being termed as ‘a divorce that was waiting to happen’ by a section of political pundits and opposition leaders. However, another section of experts say that this is a clear signal from the BJP that India comes first, and they have broken the alliance only to keep the integrity of the country intact.
Earlier in the day the BJP had called a press conference and declared that it was pulling out of the alliance. Ram Madhav, General Secretary of the party had said in the press conference that they were pulling out because it was becoming untenable to be a part of the present Jammu and Kashmir government.
“Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor,” Madhav had stated.
Meanwhile, the BJP ministers’ with the J&K government have submitted their resignation to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti and the other MLA’s have put in their papers to the Governor of the state.
Earlier in the day the BJP leaders from J&K had met top leaders of the party in Delhi, as per reports. The meeting was attended by Ravinder Raina and Ashok Kaul, Party General Secretary (organisation).
The difference between the PDP and BJP surfaced on Sunday when the BJP had decided to end the month-long ceasefire, which saw various instance of Pakistan-backed terrorist group resort to violence in Jammu and Kashmir, and Pakistan breaching the LoC.
This, however, according to experts, is not the first time that the BJP has faced difficulties in functioning with the PDP. During the past three years that the two parties have been in an alliance, PDP had objected to various progressive moves of the BJP.
Also, according to sources the BJP has already urged the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir for the imposition of President’s rule in the state after Mehbooba Mufti had put in her resignation.