The state of Jammu and Kashmir found itself under Governor's rule on Wednesday, 20 June, a day after the BJP snapped ties with the PDP, signalling the end of the three-year-old rocky coalition government in the state.
BJP chief Amit Shah blamed 'pressure groups' and cited worsening law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley for its decision to walk out of the alliance. Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti, who resigned as CM on Tuesday itself, said J&K cannot be treated as "enemy territory", while clarifying that the PDP will not get into any other alliance.
- J&K Governor NN Vohra appointed BVR Subrahmanyam (IAS of 1987 batch) as the new chief secretary on 20 June
- Retired IPS officer Vijay Kumar and former chief secretary BB Vyas were appointed as advisors to the Governor
- National Conference leader Omar Abdullah clarified that his party is in favour of Governor’s rule
- Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP and PDP for destroying years of “UPA’s hardwork”
'We've Abadoned the Govt, But Not the People of the State': Ram Madhav
Speaking to the media two days after the BJP snapped ties with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the former's national general secretary said the "decision never had electoral consideration behind it, but was for the largest interest of the nation and J&K's people.
"We’ve abandoned the government in J&K, (but) not the people of the state. We’ll work for (their) betterment. We had a four-pronged strategy, including hot pursuit against terrorists. That will continue." - Ram Madhav
He also slammed National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, while denying allegations of horse-trading.
"Why is he (Omar Abdullah) so scared? I’m sure his party men are loyal to him. There is no question of horse-trading from our side. We’ve seen what kind of horse-trading happened in J&K under his party. Nobody should forget history." - Ram Madhav on allegations of horse trading
Pressure Groups Broke Dream of Balanced Development in J-K: Shah
BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday blamed "pressure groups" in Jammu and Kashmir for stalling his party's efforts for an equitable growth in all three regions of the state and cited worsening law and order situation in the Valley for its decision to walk out of the PDP-led government.
In his first comments following the break-up of the PDP-BJP alliance on Tuesday, he also claimed that the decision to withdraw support was not taken keeping in mind the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
If that was the case, then it would have been done six months later, Shah said told Zee News in an interview.
"The balance in development which should have been there among the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh did not happen and there was also this (worsening) law and order situation," he said, citing the reasons behind his party's decision.
BVR Subrahmanyam Appointed J&K Chief Secretary
Senior Chhattisgarh cadre IAS officer BVR Subrahmanyam appointed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary.
BB Vyas and former IPS officer Vijay Kumar appointed advisors to governor, an official communique said.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra Issues Guidelines for Officials
Congress Holds Press Conference on BJP-PDP Split in Jammu and Kashmir
Live: Congress addresses media on BJP-PDP split in J&KPosted by The Quint on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad hit out at the BJP government saying that the party formed an ‘unethical alliance’ with the PDP in 2015, which deteriorated the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
“BJP has killed the economy of Kashmir. They cannot escape from this accountability. Tourism is severely hit,” Nabi said. He added that under the BJP-PDP government most number of ceasefire violations and civilian killings were recorded.
Chhattisgarh Bureaucrat Sent to J&K; Tipped to be Next Chief Secretary
The services of BVR Subrahmanyam, a senior IAS officer of the Chhattisgarh cadre, has been placed at the disposal of the Jammu and Kashmir government, according to an official communique.
The 55-year-old bureaucrat, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, is likely to be appointed as the chief secretary in the Jammu and Kashmir government in place of incumbent BB Vyas, officials told PTI.
Sources also told the news agency that Vyas may be appointed as an advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra. Subrahmanyam, considered an expert in internal security matters, has served as private secretary to former prime minister Manmohan Singh during 2004-2008.
Haven't Met Any PDP MLAs: Omar Abdullah
Refuting reports of a possible alliance with the PDP, former J&K CM tweeted that he had not met any PDP MLA in that regard.
Governor Meets Administrative Officers, Security Forces
J&K Governor NN Vohra held a meeting with administrative officers and security forces after Governor’s rule was imposed in the valley.
BJP Addresses Media After Imposition of Governor's Rule
While addressing the media, Ravinder Raina blamed the PDP for increased terror in the state. He also said that party president Amit Shah will address the rally on 23 June to mark syama Prasad Mukherjee Balidan Divas
He also slammed Omar Abdullah over his comments of BJP wanting to resort to horse trading in the valley to form the government.
“Those who say that horse trading is being done, are the ones who actually do it. We have no motive to do any kind of horse-trading in J&K,” said Raina.
Governor's Rule Won't Affect Operations in J&K: Army Chief
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that the imposition of Governor’s rule in the valley will not affect the security operations in any way.
“We only stopped our operations during Ramzan. But, we saw what happened. The imposing of Governor's rule will not affect our operations. Our operations will go on like they used to. We don't face any political interference,” said Rawat.
BJP Might Resort to Horse Trading: Omar Abdullah
National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday, 20 June, slammed former deputy CM Kavinder Gupta’s comments on government formations and hinted that the BJP might resort to horse trading for government formation in the valley.
What do you mean “we are working on something”? The only “something” would be to break other parties & make up the numbers to form a BJP Govt. Has the former DCM inadvertently spilled the beans? https://t.co/dbX4bK8goc— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 20, 2018
The J&K state assembly should be dissolved immediately & fresh elections should take place as soon as appropriate. The former DCM has admitted that BJP can’t be trusted not to horsetrade for Govt formation. https://t.co/dbX4bK8goc— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 20, 2018
J&K Governor to Address Officers, Security Forces
Governor of Jammu & Kashmir NN Vohra will address senior administration officers and security forces at 11:45 am on Wednesday, 20 June in Srinagar, reported ANI.
New Government Won't be Formed Anytime Soon: Kavinder Gupta
Former J&K deputy CM Kavinder Gupta said that the state is unlikely to get a new government anytime soon.
“I don't think a new government will be formed anytime soon. Uncertainties are there, but we are working on something and people will get to know about it,” said Gupta.
President Approves Governor's Rule
President Ram Nath Kovind has approved imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect on Wednesday, 20 June.
Took BJP Sacrifices of 600 Soldiers to Realise JK Folly: Sena
The Shiv Sena lauded the BJP for walking out of the government in Jammu and Kashmir, but questioned why it took "three years and sacrifices of 600 soldiers" for the Amit Shah-led party to realise that the coalition with PDP was "useless".
The Sena, second largest constituent of the NDA, also wondered if the BJP's decision to pull out of the state government was taken to avoid "uneasy questions" over violence against soldiers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
"I congratulate the BJP for their decision," Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said while addressing party workers at the party's 52nd anniversary celebrations.
Ex-Finance Minister P Chidambaram Calls BJP-PDP Split a "Relief"
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said it was "a relief" that the "opportunistic" PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir collapsed on Tuesday, 19 June, and expressed hope that “the muscular, militaristic policy does not come back under the guise of Governor's Rule”.
Let us hope and pray that the muscular, militaristic policy does not come back under the guise of Governor's Rule.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) June 19, 2018
Chidambaram, said in a series of tweets said, “The muscular, militaristic policy was a disaster from Day One.”
“Who the next Governor will be is crucial,” Chidambaram tweeted.
Who the next Governor will be is crucial. A hawk as Governor will make the situation worse.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) June 19, 2018
Governor Vohra Sends Report to President Kovind
After concluding his consultations with all the major political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor NN Vohra has forwarded his report to the President of India for imposition of Governor’s Rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, reported ANI.
Center Likely to Appoint New Governor
The Centre may appoint a new governor in Jammu and Kashmir after the two-month-long Amarnath yatra, which starts on 28 June, a senior BJP leader told PTI. He said the central government would like incumbent NN Vohra to be in charge of the annual pilgrimage given his vast experience.
Vohra, who was appointed governor in June 2008 and given a fresh term in 2013, is among the few governors appointed by the UPA government to have continued in his position in the BJP-led NDA dispensation.
Speaking to PTI, he said: “We may consider having a new governor after the yatra is over.”
The conduct of the annual pilgrimage has been a high-security exercise and the deteriorating condition in the Valley has heightened the threat perception this year.
(With inputs from PTI)
Omar Abdullah Slams Mehbooba Mufti for 'Muscular Policy' Remark
National Conference’s Vice President Omar Abdullah raised questions on outgoing CM Mufti’s “muscular policy” remark.
What’s with this “new muscular policy for Kashmir” discourse that’s sought to be created? Was what Mehbooba Mufti oversaw as CM any less muscular? She was unapologetic for all the pain & suffering in 2016 and after.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 19, 2018
J&K CM Should be a Hindu: Subramanium Swamy
In the wake of the split, BJP lawmaker Subramanium Swamy stirred up a controversy by lashing out at his own party for allying with the BJP.
In an exclusive interview with The Quint’s Editorial Director Sanjay Pugalia, the Rajya Sabha MP said:
"By aligning with PDP, BJP played a gamble which led to their defeat in Jammu and Kashmir." - Subramanium Swamy
“It has always been BJP’s belief that the party has good number of MLAs, the basis on which it needs to work towards a majority in Jammu and Kashmir assembly. J&K Chief Minister should be a Hindu. The convention of a Muslim always holding the chief ministerial post in the state is wrong,” Swamy said.
Levelling serious allegations against the former CM Mufti’s capability, he said:
"The December 1989 abduction of Rubaiya Sayeed, Mehbooba Mufti’s sister, was concocted to let the militants be free. I had warned of potential repercussions of the alliance between the two parties. Everything of what I have said has now gradually come to be true. With the brutal killing of journalist Shujaat Bukhari’s murder, limits have been crossed."
Watch the interview here.
BJP-PDP Split: Current Party Position
The BJP won 25 seats and the PDP 28 in the 87-member assembly and came together in alliance, two months after the December 2014 elections. The NC has 15 seats, the Congress 12 and others seven.
If the Governor’s rule is imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, it will be the fourth time since 2008 and the eighth time since 1977.
BJP-PDP Alliance Set Fire to J&K: Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed both the BJP and the PDP for destroying “UPA’s hard work” in the state. In a tweet, Gandhi wrote:
The opportunistic BJP-PDP alliance set fire to J&K, killing many innocent people including our brave soldiers. It cost India strategically & destroyed years of UPA’s hard work. The damage will continue under President’s rule. Incompetence, arrogance & hatred always fails.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 19, 2018
J&K Police Orders Transfers
PHQ orders transfer and posting of DySsP. pic.twitter.com/buDB9ZOYoQ— J&K Police (@JmuKmrPolice) June 19, 2018
BJP Will Do What Is in the Interest of J&K: Yogi Adityanath
Speaking to the media on the BJP-PDP split, Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath said that the Deputy CM of J&K and local leadership was taken into confidence.
“Local leadership, Deputy CM (of J&K) and state ministers were taken into confidence, in the interest of the country and J&K BJP took this step. The BJP will continue to do whatever is necessary for benefit of the state,” Adityanath said.
Celebrations in North Kashmir's Handwara
Locals in North Kashmir’s Handwara celebrated after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP Pulled out to Avoid Uneasy Questions: Shiv Sena
The Shiv Sena wondered if the BJP’s decision to part ways with alliance partner PDP in J&K was taken to avoid “uneasy questions” over violence in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Dubbing the saffron party's decision as a “political move”, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the coming together of the PDP-BJP to form the government in the state was "unnatural and unholy".
He said Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had opposed the tie-up, calling it an "anti-national" alliance.
"Uddhav ji’s words have been proved correct today." - Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena Leader
“The BJP-PDP had cut a deal to gain power. Our soldiers had to pay a big price for this. The incidents of our soldiers' martyrdom had gone up ever since the combine formed the government,” Raut told reporters in Mumbai.
“If the BJP took this decision to avoid answering these issues in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, I think it is a political decision,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)
Mehbooba Mufti Addresses Media
Addressing the media, outgoing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufta said that the alliance between BJP-PDP was aimed at reconciliation and dialogue with the people of the J&K, and that it took them months to work in tandem with each other. “The main motive of the alliance was reconciliation with Pakistan and with the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.
Mufti reiterated her stand that J&K can’t be treated as an “enemy territory” and “muscular policy” will not work in the state.
"The objective of BJP-PDP alliance was reconciliation and a dialogue, we have always believed that a muscular policy can’t work in J&K." - Mehbooba Mufti, Outgoing CM
“I have told the Governor that we will not go into any other alliance,” she said.
Listing the achievement’s of her government, Mehbooba Mufti also said: “We have been able to withdraw 11,000 cases against the stone pelters, given an offer of talks with all shades of opinion by none other than Union Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) and brought about a unilateral ceasefire”.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh Chairs High-Level Meet in Delhi
Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meet along with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary & Joint Secretary of J&K at his residence in Delhi.
National Conference's Omar Abdullah Addresses Media
Opposition National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah addressed the media after his meeting with J&K Governor NN Vohra and has clarified that NC will not form an alliance with any party.
He said that his party is in favour of Governor’s rule in the state and early elections.
“We didn’t have the mandate in 2014 and we don’t have the mandate now to form the government. We have neither been approached by any party, nor have we approached anyone,” Abdullah said.
Abdullah also said that he wasn’t surprised with BJP’s decision to pull out of the alliance but he expected it to happen a little later in the year.
NC Won't Support PDP: Sources To CNN-News18
Omar Abdullah’s National Conference will not support PDP to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir, CNN-News18 quoted sources as saying.
BJP PDP Alliance Ends: NC's Omar Abdullah Met J&K Governor
Moments after Mufti tendered her resignation, National Conference's Omar Abdullah met Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra in Srinagar, reported ANI.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Takes a Dig at BJP
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slammed the BJP over its decision to pull out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir and alleged that the party had "ruined" the state.
After ruining it, BJP pulls out of Kashmir— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 19, 2018
Kejriwal also brought up the issue of demonetisation in a series of tweets following the BJP's announcement.
The BJP had blamed the break up of the alliance on the growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.
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
PDP to Meet at 4pm
PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir has indicated that further decisions will be made at the party meeting which will be held at 4 pm.
Another PDP leader Naeem Akhtar has said, “We will talk in detail at 5 pm”.
BJP's Decision Came as a Surprise: PDP
PDP Spokesperson, Rafi Ahmad Mir, told ANI said that the break up between the PDP and the BJP has come as a surprise to the party.
“We tried our best to run the government with BJP. This had to happen. This is a surprise for us because we did not have any indication about their decision,” Mir added.
No Question of Alliance With PDP: Ghulam Nabi Azad
Speaking to the media, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that there is no question of an alliance with the PDP.
“Whatever has happened is good. People of J&K will get some relief. They (BJP) have ruined Kashmir and have now pulled out, maximum number of civilian and army men died during these 3 years,” Azad said.
BJP PDP Alliance Ends: Mehbooba Mufti Resigns As J&K CM
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has tendered her resignation to Governor Narinder Nath Vohra.
And So it Has Come to Pass: Omar Abdullah
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tweeted, “And so it has come to pass,” after BJP snapped their alliance with PDP in J&K.
And so it has come to pass........— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 19, 2018
Mehbooba Mufti Likely to Submit Resignation Shortly
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will reportedly submit her resignation to the Governor Narinder Nath Vohra shortly, said senior PDP minister Naeem Akhtar.
Want Governor to Take Over in J&K: Ram Madhav
The BJP called for Governor Narinder Nath Vohra’s rule in the state, following its withdrawal of alliance with the PDP in the Valley.
"Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, fact is that J&K is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reigns of power in the state be handed over to the Governor." - Ram Madhav
He said that BJP’s efforts to fight terrorism will continue, even if governor’s rule is imposed in the state.
"Centre did everything for the Valley. We’ve tried to put a full-stop to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan. PDP has not been successful in fulfilling its promises. Our leaders have been facing a lot of difficulties from PDP in developmental works in Jammu and Ladakh." - Ram Madhav
Alliance Became Untenable: Ram Madhav
BJP leader Ram Madhav, addressing the media on Tuesday, 19 June, said that the party was calling off the three-year-old alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir as it had become “untenable.”
"Terrorism, violence and radicalisation have risen and fundamental rights of the citizens are under danger in the Valley. Shujaat Bukhari’s killing is an example." - Ram Madhav, BJP Leader
Watch: BJP Addresses Media on Alliance With PDP in Jammu & Kashmir
Separatists Call for Complete Shutdown in Kashmir
Separatist leaders have called for a complete shutdown in Kashmir on Wednesday, 20 June, against the killings of journalist Shujaat Bukhari and civilians, gunned down by security forces in the past few days.
The Joint Resistance Leadership, an amalgamation of separatist groups, said in a statement that there had been a sudden spike in civilian killings since the eve of Eid. It also demanded an international probe into Bukhari's killing.
"Joint Resistance Leadership has called for a complete strike tomorrow against the continued civilian killings in the valley, which has witnessed a sudden spike since the eve of Eid... three young boys have been brutally gunned down by the Indian forces while the fourth is struggling for life at SKIMS," the statement said.
Amit Shah Calls for Urgent Meeting of BJP Ministers from J&K
BJP President Amit Shah called for an urgent meeting of party ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government along with some other top leaders in the national capital on Tuesday, 19 June.
The BJP central leadership would deliberate on the party's strategy in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and also take stock of the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources told PTI.
Youth Dies, Another Hurt in Firing by Security Forces on Stone Pelting Mob
A youth was killed and another injured in firing by security forces on a stone pelting mob in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir today, officials said.
Army personnel allegedly opened firing on a mob of stone pelters at Akhran in Kulgam this evening, resulting in two persons being injured, the police officials said. They said one of the injured later succumbed to injuries. The deceased was identified as Aijaz Ahmad, they said. A defence spokesman said details of the incident were being awaited.
Interculator Dineshwar Sharma at Shujaat Bukhari's Residence
The Centre's special representative for Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma visited the residence of slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
Sharma visited the Rising Kashmir’s editor’s ancestral home at Kreeri in Baramulla to offer condolences to the bereaved family on the fourth day of the slain journalist's "faateha".
Army Chief Meets Rifleman Aurangzeb's Family in Poonch
Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat on Monday met the parents and other family members of rifleman Aurangzeb, who was abducted and killed by terrorists last week in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.
Rawat along with senior army officials went all the way to the remote Salani hamlet in the frontier Poonch district and conveyed to the family that that forces are with them in their hour of grief.
Ops to Begin in Good Earnest Once Information Starts Coming in: Army
The anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, which were suspended by the security agencies for a month on account of Ramzan, would be resumed in "good earnest" once intelligence on militants started coming in, Army sources told PTI.
Two Militants Killed in Encounter in Bandipora
Two militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, the Army said.
The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants was not immediately known.
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