Governors rule imposed in Indian-occupied Kashmir

Posted June 20, 2018

Jammu and Kashmir can not be treated as "enemy territory", Mehbooba Mufti said at a press conference after submitting her resignation from the post of J&K CM following the BJP's move to pull out of the alliance on Tuesday.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made a decision to pull out of its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

The Hindu nationalist BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with a regional party after an inconclusive election in 2014 to govern the Muslim-majority state, which is claimed by neighbouring Pakistan and where Indian forces have struggled to quell a revolt for decades.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav stated that this major decision was taken as the government was not able to control the growing incidents of terror activities and radicalization in the valley.

"Immediately after receiving the President of India's approval, Governor N N Vohra issued the proclamation to impose Governor's rule in the state under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir today", a Raj Bhavan spokesman said in Srinagar.

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"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. The "betrayal" of the BJP has come as a "jolt" to Mehbooba who wanted to achieve the vision of her late father and chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

In the national capital, Madhav said the Centre's ruling BJP did everything feasible for the development of the state, which has been on the boil since the killing of a militant leader two years ago.

"Because the whole government does not belong to the BJP, there was a sort of discrimination which the people of Jammu and Ladakh were experiencing", he said.

The Governor also spoke to GA Mir, president of J&K Congress, who said that his party doesn't have the numerical strength to form the government on its own or even in alliance.

She told reporters that the alliance had been cobbled together "although this was against the sentiments of the people". The Congress, which has 12 seats in the assembly, said there was no question of an alliance with Mufti's party. "But during this one month, there was no appropriate response from the terrorists and other people".

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The rift in the alliance was out in the open in February after BJP ministers publicly supported alleged rapists of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua district.

She said PDP was in support of extending the unilateral Ramadan ceasefire but there were contrary statements coming from the other side.

In sharp contrast to the BJP, the PDP has been seen as a pro-Kashmir party.

Last week, extremists shot and killed the editor of a local Kashmiri newspaper and abducted and killed a Kashmiri soldier on his way home to celebrate Eid. The silence or the inability of the chief minister to condemn human rights violations, such as the use of a human shield by an Indian Army officer in April 2017, saw her popularity plummet.

Vohra has good ties with leaders of all the mainstream political parties, including the BJP, which can significantly help in running the affairs of the governance in all the three regions of the state.

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