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“The alliance was about dialogue, unilateral ceasefire and making sure the Prime Minister has an open route to talk to Pakistan. We took back cases against 11,000 youths, we have tried the best from our side to continue this alliance. Our stand was that Article 370 will not be taken back and we wanted the special status for the state to continue. I have submitted my resignation to the governor and have told him that we are not looking to explore any other alliance,” said Mehbooba Mufti.
Outgoing Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is conducting a press conference after she tenured her resignation following the BJP pulling out the alliance with her party, the PDP. “The alliance with the BJP was part of a bigger vision. It took us many months to form an alliance whose prime focus was reconciliation and dialogue. We took many months to form a common agenda. The tussle between both parties was over Article 370. There can’t be muscular politics in J&K, the PDP works on healing touch policy. I am not shocked by the BJP’s move, this alliance wasn’t about power it was about what we wanted to achieve out of it,” she said.
Political analysts feel the BJP may have been pushed to break its alliance with the PDP as they were facing a backlash in their core constituency of Jammu. With the PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti as the chief minister, all decisions taken by the government were being associated to the BJP, leading to resentment in Jammu, said sources.
Breaking | Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called a high-level security meeting wherein the Home Secretary, NSA Ajit Doval and the IB chief will be in attendance at Singh’s residence.
“After running & ruining J&K For 3.4 years the self claimed nationalist & opportunist BJP suddenly realised they are not capable of controlling terrorism, violence & its promises so they run away from key roles & responsibilities. Height of Opportunism! Both in J&K and Bihar,” tweets Tejashwi Yadav:
After running & ruining J&K For 3.4 years the self claimed nationalist & opportunist BJP suddenly realised they are not capable of controlling terrorism, violence & its promises so they run away from key roles & responsibilities.
Height of Opportunism! Both in J&K and Bihar.
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) June 19, 2018
“We are mourning the demise of democracy in the state. We are not celebrating this situation. It’s the governor’s decision to dissolve the assembly, not mine. If you don’t think the situation is dire in J&K after what has happened, then I don’t know what constitutes as dire. Mehbooba Mufti should have pulled out of the alliance, not the BJP. She should have taken the decision earlier, rather than having the rug pulled out from under her,” says Omar Abdullah.
“As of now we are headed towards a Governor’s rule but the people of Kashmir do not deserve to live in Governor’s rule. Fresh elections should be held very soon. We will not form coalition government in the state. We will not stake claim to forming the government. I do not wish to speculate on the reason for the BJP to take this decision but they should have taken at least the PDP in confidence. Both parties are equally responsible for what has taken place,” says Omar Abdullah.
“I just came back after meeting the governor at the Raj Bhawan. We didn’t have the mandate in 2014, neither do we have it now. No one has approached us for an alliance and neither are we approaching anyone for mandate,” says NC leader Omar Abdullah in a press conference.
Kapil Sibal took to Twitter, calling the BJP opportunist. “First an opportunistic alliance with PDP Now an opportunistic breakaway Both acts of political immorality Kaise Desh badlega (when will the country change)?” he asked. Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said the BJP had ruined the state and made the people of J&K victims of their opportunistic alliance.
Congress leader and former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad said he had warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was a ‘Himalayan Blunder’. “I had cautioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that a BJP-PDP alliance will be a Himalayan blunder. We are happy that the Centre has accepted its mistake,” Azad said.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal hits out at the politics being played by the BJP. “Didn’t BJP tell us that demonetisation had broken the back of terrorism in Kashmir? Then what happened?” he tweets:
Didn’t BJP tell us that demonetisation had broken the back of terrorism in Kashmir? Then what happened? https://t.co/S9nyOMocKl
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 19, 2018
AS Dulat | Amarjit Singh Dulat, former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing, had time and again hinted that the PDP-BJP coalition would not survive 2018. Many political pundits in Kashmir say that Dulat could be the next Governor. He has worked in Kashmir for several years having served as the Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) special director in Srinagar during former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure. Not only did he supervise the intelligence network during this period, but he was also advisor on Kashmir in the PMO during Vajpayee’s tenure.
Rajiv Mehrishi | The 1978 batch Rajasthan Cadre IAS officer, who has worn many caps during his nearly four-decade journey as a bureaucrat, is the current Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) and Chairman of United Nations Board of Auditors.
Dineshwar Sharma | The Centre’s special representative on J&K Dineshwar Sharma is also touted to be in the race for the new Governor in Jammu and Kashmir. Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Dineshwar Sharma, who was appointed as the government’s special representative to carry forward a dialogue with all sections of the people in Jammu and Kashmir.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Syed Ata Hasnain | Former Commander of Srinagar-based Chinar Corps Lieutenant General (Retired) Syed Ata Hasnain could be among the favourites to be the new Governor of Jammu & Kashmir. He has a legacy of connecting with the common masses and as General Officer Commanding in Jammu and Kashmir in 2010-2011, been at the forefront of Operation Sadbhavana, which in a way helped bring a relative calm to the Valley.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is heading towards Governor’s Rule with the BJP pulling out of the alliance with the PDP. As NN Vohra’s term is about to end, there are other faces that can find themselves in the race for the post. However, according to sources, the change in J&K Governor in the wake of threat to Amarnath Yatra is highly unlikely. While it looks like Vohra will get an extension for at least three months till the Yatra ends, the speculations around a new Governor are also rife. Let’s take a look at the possible candidates:
BJP’s warring ally Shiv Sena has said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is not just a loss for the state but also the country. “Uddhav Thackeray had cleared his stand from the very first day that this alliance is undemocratic and it won’t work,” said Sena MP Sanjay Raut.
Here’s a list of the most wanted men in Kashmir as of now:
Zakir Musa, Al-Qaida | The Al-Qaida man is on the top of the forces’ list. After his split from Hizbul, Musa launched the Kashmir chapter — Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind — of Al-Qaida. In a very short span, Musa has become popular among Valley’s youth and cadre of other terror groups.
Riyaz Naikoo, Hizbul Mujahideen | The chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, Naikoo, and an ‘A++’ category militant, Naikoo at 29, is one of the most experienced Hizbul commanders and at present its head of operations in Kashmir. He took over from Yaseen Ittoo after his death in an encounter.
Zeenat-ul-Islam, Lashkar-e-Taiba | Zeenat took over the Lashkar leadership after Abu Ismail was gunned down late last year. The 28-year-old is a resident of Sugan Zanipura, Shopian, and was recruited in 2015. He is considered one of the main accused in the Shopian attack in February that left three soldiers dead. Known as an IED expert, he is a former member of Al-Badar terror outfit.
Naveed Jatt, Lashkar-e-Taiba
A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, Jatt, also known as Abu Hanzulla, pulled off a daring escape earlier this year from a government run hospital in Srinagar earlier this year. Two policemen were killed after a group of militants attacked the hospital where Jatt and five other prisoners were brought for a checkup.
FLASH | After the Bharatiya Janata Party withdraws alliance with PDP, Jammu and Kashmir’s governor Governor NN Vohra to meet former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah shortly.
Celebration begins in Pahalgam | The celebration begins in South Kashmir’s Pahalgam, after the Bharatiya Janata Party ends its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports said that people are celebrating in Ashmuqam, Seer and Pahalgam areas, and burn firecrackers. They said the decision was taken by the BJP party president Amit Shah after meeting with the party’s ministers in the state. The PDP and the Bharatiya Janata Party had formed the alliance in 2014 after they emerged as the biggest parties with 28 and 25 seats respectively. Governor’s rule is now likely to be imposed on the state.
Both, BJP-PDP equally responsible, Says Owaisi | AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said both the BJP and the PDP are equally responsible to the bitter separation in Jammu and Kashmir. “I feel sorry for the people of Kashmir…I have no sympathy for the PDP. This should be a lesson for both the PDP and the National Conference. This is very unfortunate, the BJP cannot run away from failing to deliver. The BJP is equally responsible. They feel they are losing ground”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter after BJP withdraws its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
After ruining it, BJP pulls out of Kashmir
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 19, 2018
Major possible coalitions | However, there are two major possible coalitions, which can become part of the next government in the state.
PDP + Congress + People’s Conference + IND – Another possible alliance in Jammu and Kashmir can be between PDP and Congress. With its 28 seats, PDP can join hands with Congress that has 12 seats. Together, with 40 seats, four less than the halfway mark of 44, both the parties can take support from Sajad Lone’s People Conference, which won two seats in the 2014 elections. Still short of two seats, this coalition can further take support from the two Independents to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir.
Major possible coalitions | As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to pull out of the PDP-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, the state might be heading towards a possible Governor’s rule. However, there are two major possible coalitions, which can become part of the next government in the state.
PDP + NC + IND – PDP, which got 28 seats in the 2014 election can stitch an alliance with National Conference headed by Omar Abdullah, which managed to get 15 seats. This could take their tally to 43 seats, one short of the half mark. The two main parties of Jammu and Kashmir can then take one of the Independent candidates in confidence and form the government. The most likely Independent candidate to be a part of the government can be Engineer Rashid, who won from the Langate constituency in North Kashmir. This is the most likely coalition that can form the government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, when the PDP was taking its time on the decision of whether to join BJP or not, NC’s Omar Abdullah had sent a formal letter to Governor N N Vohra, offering support to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which emerged as the single largest party in the assembly elections.
Mehbooba Mufti to submit her resignation to Guv shortly: PDP leader | Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will submit her resignation to Governor NN Vohra shortly after the PDP’s coalition partner BJP pulled out of the ruling alliance. “The chief minister will be submitting her resignation to the governor shortly,” senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said. With the PDP-BJP coalition falling apart, the state might come under governor’s rule, which will be for the fourth time in the last 10 years. Governor’s rule was imposed in July 2008 following the resignation of then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in the wake of the PDP pulling out of the coalition government with the Congress over the Amarnath land row. The state was under governor’s rule in December 2014, following the hung verdict in the Assembly polls that year. Governor’s rule was again imposed in the state in January 2016 following the death of then Chief Minster Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, as his daughter, Mehbooba Mufti had shown reluctance to continue the alliance with the BJP.
No question of alliance with PDP: Azad | The Congress today ruled out any tie-up with the PDP after the BJP pulled out of the ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the BJP had committed a “Himalayan blunder” by forming a government with the PDP.He said the BJP, a national party, should not have allied with PDP, a regional player.”The regional parties should have been allowed to form an alliance among themselves,” he told reporters. The alliance has devastated the state, be it economically or socially, and has left Jammu and Kashmir in a state of “ruins. he said. “I am happy that BJP has finally admitted its mistakes. The BJP-PDP alliance has destroyed the state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir…There is no question of forming an alliance with PDP. The Central government can’t shy away from the responsibilities after destroying the state, now, they are pulling out. Though PDP should be ashamed but BJP is equally responsible… There has been an increase in ceasefire violations, jawans killed during BJP’s rule. The Bharatiya Janata Party should be ashamed,” Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad said.