PDP fallout: PM Modi's Kashmir policy is correct, says Rajnath

Mehbooba Mufti during a Budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Jammu in January 2017. Mehbooba resigned as the state’s chief minister on Tuesday after the BJP pulled out the alliance with her Peoples Democratic Party

In a surprise move, the BJP on Tuesday pulled out of the three-year-old ruling coalition with the PDP in the state that was placed under governor's rule Wednesday morning. He said the BJP faced some difficulty in implementing developmental projects as some ministries were not with the party.

The coalition government was formed in 2015 after extended and hard negotiations, since the two parties hold diametrically opposed views on many major issues, including the law that exempts Indian military personnel from criminal prosecution in the violence-wracked Himalayan region. We had only two options - either form a coalition government or go for another election. "Despite that, terrorists continued with their activity, which is why the suspension of operations was cancelled", the Army Chief said.

Raina said the government was not able to carry out the anti-terror operations as the BJP wanted.

Omar had on Wednesday called for the dissolution of the Assembly, saying it would thwart alleged plans and attempts by the BJP to lure away rival party legislators.

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"We never appreciated the PDP for joining hands with the BJP".

Other pro-India political parties said the alliance was bound to collapse, given the two parties' different political ideologies. He avoided answering questions on Article 370 which gives special status to the state. The Maharashtra Sadan and the last Saturday meeting where senior leaders of the RSS met with senior leaders of the BJP it was told in clear terms that the BJP must pull out of it.

Ashok Koul said, "BJP did not betray PDP but the decision to withdraw support to PDP was taken by the central leadership in the larger national interests keeping in view the worsening law and order situation in Kashmir Valley". J&K being a Hindu-minority state, Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah didn't want the party's vital constituency to see the party as unhelpful to them.

He directed newly appointed Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, a 1987-batch IAS officer, to closely monitor and ensure prompt redressal of all difficulties and grievances relating of people and ensure there is no delay in implementation of welfare measures and development works on the ground. "He will check preparedness of the state unit of the party for the upcoming parliamentary election". If Mufti was keen on exploring options, she would not have instantly submitted her resignation.

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