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

The BJP was pulling out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the party's general secretary Ram Madhav said here today.

Shiv Sena's mouthpiece, Saamna, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah wilful defaulters in ally management, hours ahead of a Sena-BJP meeting in Mumbai on June 6.

The BJP had 25 lawmakers and the PDP 28 in the state Assembly, where the majority mark is 45.

It cited the killing of influential Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari last week to make its point. "We can't treat Jammu and Kashmir as enemy territory; it's the territory of the people of Jammu and Kashmir", she said moments after resigning, trying to play the victim and suggest that she was dumped because of her pro-people stand. We can't tie the hands of security forces.

A home ministry spokesman said, "The president has approved imposition of governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect".

As terrorist activities continued during the month-long Ramadan ceasefire, the Centre on Sunday decided not to extend its unilateral initiative, declared on May 16 to coincide with the holy month. "We are gearing up to repeat our performance in the upcoming elections and don't want to be seen doing anything that could end up harming us badly", Gupta said.

"The decision of the BJP to withdraw from the coalition is fraught with danger of creating greater political instability in J&K and signifies total political failure of party's approach towards the state", the leftist leader said, adding the BJP was equally responsible for contributing to the prevailing situation in the state. Convoys of pilgrims will pass through militancy hotbed south Kashmir, where the youth often take to the streets in large numbers to foil anti-militancy operations. In its first phase, more than three hundred militants, including several top commanders, were killed in 2017 and during the first four and half months of 2018.

By aligning with PDP - viewed by many as a soft separatist party because it supports talks with Pakistan - the BJP lost face with its Hindu right-wing base, he said.

Madhav also said that over 600 terrorists have been neutralized in the last three years to stop radicalization.

PDP spokesperson Mehboob Beig said it is up to the BJP now to handle the situation in the state. The BJP members in the state government have strived their best to serve the people in the state including those in the regions of Jammu and Ladakh, he said. "The agenda is not abandoned", the party would say.

This March, the PDP sacked its minister Haseeb Drabu who was a popular interlocutor between the allies.

Reacting to the development, former state chief minister and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah tweeted, "And so it has come to pass.(sic)". "We have to take a decision and may be the meeting has been called for that goal", said a senior BJP leader, who wished not to be named.

She also insisted on unspecified concessions and incentives as a prerequisite for government formation.