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BJP Pulls Out of Ruling Alliance in Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav of BJP said the continuing participation of the party in the state government was “untenable”

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THE Bharatiya Janata Party has pulled out of its alliance with the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, calling the continuing participation of the BJP in the state government “untenable”.

“Keeping in mind the larger interest of India’s security and integrity, the fact that Jammu and Kashmir state is an integral part of India and in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reigns of power in the state be handed over to the Governor,” said Ram Madhav of the BJP at a presser in New Delhi.

After the decision by the BJP to pull out of the ruling alliance, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to the Governor paving the way for the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

The move comes after the Union government decided to resume anti-terror operations in the state after suspending them for Ramzan. The peace initiative was strongly supported by Mufti but the situation on the ground was different.

The killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in downtown Srinagar on the eve of Eid was in many ways looked upon as the trigger for the central government’s decision to end cessation of security operations and also cited by Madhav in his address.

The PDP spokesperson expressed surprise over BJP’s decision to break away from the alliance. This is a surprise for us because we did not have any indication about their decision, said Rafi Ahmad Mir.

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