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

More than three years after they formed an uneasy coalition, the BJP on Tuesday pulled out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government, citing growing terror activities and radicalization in the valley making its continuance "untenable".

The governor's rule is likely to be implemented in the region, which means the disputed region will be directly ruled by the central government through its appointed person until the elections.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav made the surprise announcement after the party high command summoned its Jammu and Kashmir ministers for emergency consultations in New Delhi.

With the exit of BJP and fall of the state government, Jammu and Kashmir is all set to have the Governor's rule.

"It took us several months to form a mutual agenda with BJP", Mufti said, maintaining that the Kashmir issue could only be resolved through talks.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti gestures as she addresses a news conference in Srinagar, June 19, 2018.

Apart from the divergent views between the two parties within the state government, a section of the BJP leadership felt that Mufti as chief minister was not doing justice to the regions of Jammu and Ladakh, as development work was mostly concentrated in Kashmir valley.

Jammu and Kashmir BJP lawmakers welcomed the Centre's decision to pull out from the PDP alliance. "Only for the purposes of running a coalition government in the state, the party had decided not to press for abrogation of Article 370 while in government".

Ms Mufti told reporters that her party believes in reconciliation while the BJP insisted on following "muscular policies" which can not bring peace to Kashmir.

"We were offered support by Congress and National Conference (after the 2014 assembly elections), but we chose to align with the BJP for reconciliation and dialogue", said a subdued Mehbooba, who didn't criticise the BJP for bringing down her government. More than 130 people have been killed in the state this year and at least 120 men have joined extrremist groups.

"For the BJP it had become impossible to continue", said Happymon Jacob, associate professor of disarmament studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. "The daylight murder of a respected editor like Shujaat Bukhari in the heart of Srinagar city is an indicator to the deterioration of the situation and the extent of radicalisation", he said.

During this time Indian forces were also accused of using "disproportionate violence" against civilian protesters.

"I had told the Prime Minister on the floor of the House that they were committing a Himalayan blunder by forming government in alliance with a regional party PDP. She wants to spend time with her family right now", said the source.

In sharp contrast to the BJP, the PDP has been seen as a pro-Kashmir party. "Any political party will be concerned with this kind of situation", a top BJP leader said on the condition of anonymity.

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