PDP under pressure to quit as BJP-led Centre refuses dialogue with separatists in Valley

In the Agenda of Alliance PDP-BJP had agreed that talks will be held with all stakeholders including separatists in the Valley but now the PDP leaders are not happy with the stand taken by the BJP-led government at Centre on Kashmir.

Amid tension brimming in the PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, sources from the PDP camp have said that many of the PDP leaders are not happy with the stand taken by the BJP-led government at Centre on Kashmir. The central government had recently said in the Supreme Court that there won't be any talks with separatists on Kashmir.

In a statement issued by the party spokesperson in Srinagar, the PDP stressed on "forward movement" on Agenda of Alliance that was signed between the two parties before formation of the alliance. Chief spokesperson Mehboob Beg said the Agenda of Alliance was painstakingly arrived after taking into account concerns of all stakeholders. In the Agenda of Alliance PDP-BJP had agreed that talks will be held with all stakeholders including separatists in the Valley.

According to the sources, the PDP feels that the BJP wasn't respecting the foundation of the alliance.

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said the separatists in the Kashmir Valley are using people as "scapegoats" and reiterated the government's stand of having no talks with them

Madhav on Sunday met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at her residence here amid tensions in the Valley and between the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting comes in the wake of the deteriorating law and order situation in the Valley and reports of a rift between the coalition partners over statements by Madhav and Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga.

Ganga had stoked a controversy by calling for use of bullets on protesters in the Valley. He later expressed regret. The PDP was also unhappy with Madhav's comments complimenting an army officer who had tied a man to the bonnet of a jeep to escape stone-pelting in a Kashmir village.

Besides this, the PDP's defeat in the legislative council elections at the hands of the BJP has also led to friction between the two parties.

Senior PDP Leader and Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Bukhari has once again raised questions on the center and coalition partners in State government BJP.

In an exclusive interview, Altaf Bukhari said, "We want BJP to consider CMP (Common Minimum Program ) between two partners in the state. There can't be any rider or precondition for a dialogue in a democratic setup."

"It is important to talk to people. Without dialogue there can be little forward movement. We need to engage all sections of society to bring peace in state," added Bukhari.

Bukhari also said that they they are accessing situation on closure of education institutes in the state and that they will restore education activities soon in the schools where protests erupted last week.

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