Withdrawal of “ceasefire” by the union government against the advice of the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister appeared to be immediate provocation for BJP pulling out of the government in Jammu and Kashmir.
The outgoing chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday evening clarified she wanted the state government wanted the ceasefire to continue, but the union government did not agree.
She said the Centre wanted the implementation of strict measures, and she opposed it.”I wanted to follow healing touch policy and they wanted muscular policy against our youths”,she alleged.
Mehbooba also charged the BJP workers with harassing the PDP workers and minorities in Jammu region.
She met the Governor and submitted her papers and requested N N Vohra to arrange for fresh elections as PDP too would not enter into a further alliance with any party to form the government.
Her predecessor and National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah, who also met the Governor demanded fresh elections to the state assembly and informed Vohra that NC was against any alliance to form an alternative government.”Governor’s rule should be for a brief period”, he said.
The term of the Governor expires on June 25. Vohra had been Governor for two terms of ten years in all. He is likely to get a further extension in view of the absence of a popular government and Amarnath yatra.
Abdullah said Mehbooba should have resigned earlier than allowing the BJP to take the lead.
The union home minister Rajnath Singh called the union home secretary, Rajeev Guava,heads of the IB and national security adviser to prepare plans for the Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
K Vijay Kumar, former DG of Tamil Nadu Police and advisor to home ministry is likely to be sent to Srinagar as one of the advisers to assist the Governor. Kumar had served in Srinagar as IG of BSF during the peak of militancy.
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