India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance

BJP quits government in Jammu and Kashmir, ends alliance with PDP

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"The BJP ministers have expressed their resentment to the PDP". Terrorism and violence have increased in the valley and radicalization is fast spreading.

It cited the killing of influential Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari last week to make its point.

"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir in the situation that has developed today". But the BJP ministers faced a situation where the government as a whole has been lacklustre in dealing with the needs of the people of these regions, he added. Critics accuse it of peddling "soft separatism" revolving around reconciliation with Pakistan and separatist groups fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir.

They said the party high command has convened the meeting tomorrow review the performance of the party ministers and other issues concerned to the party.

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This uneasiness marked the entire three years the coalition was in power. "Ideologically, the two are completely different parties". While the PDP called for more restraint, the BJP advocated a more hardline approach. "The issue here can not be resolved through the use of force".

The use of pellet guns to disperse protests was condemned around the world as thousands of civilians suffered injuries.

"After reviewing the work of the government in the last three years and after consultations with the Home Ministry and the agencies and after consultations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, we have come to the conclusion that it is hard for the coalition to move forward in Jammu and Kashmir".

Vohra, who was appointed governor in June 2008 and given a fresh term in 2013, is among the few governors appointed by the UPA government to have continued in his position in the BJP-led NDA dispensation.

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The tough stand taken by the chief minister on the gruesome incident had seen BJP dropping two of its ministers, who had attended a rally in support of the rape and murder accused, from the cabinet.

The BJP's national general secretary also added, "We had to respect the mandate of the people".

The BJP and PDP formed a coalition government in 2015 after the state elections threw up a hung assembly. Within the PDP, there had been, from day one, the realisation of the fact that going with the BJP to share power would be like steering the boat in the uncharted waters of murky Kashmir politics. The NC and the Congress have 15 and 12 seats respectively.

The decision to withdraw was taken after consulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, the party's general secretary Ram Madhav announced at a press conference here. Both parties are aware that contesting alone would prove to be fatal if the Congress and Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) come together.

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"She was cutting ribbons while the BJP was cutting her legs out from under her", the National Conference vice-president and former chief minister tweeted.

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