India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends

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"State president Ravinder Raina, DyCM Kavinder Gupta and all BJP ministers including Ministers of States, and three other party leaders have been directed to reach Delhi immediately", the BJP insiders told Rising Kashmir.

The move came less than a year ahead of the 2019 general elections and a couple of months after the BJP had replaced its Deputy Chief Minister in the wake of outrage over Kathua rape incident. The Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) had made several visits to the state and the central government had also appointed an interlocutor in a honest attempt to resolve issues in Kashmir.

Informed sources told IANS that the decision to pull out from the Mehbooba Mufti-led government was taken after feedback from the RSS that the BJP was losing its sheen on the issue of nationalism in view of militants repeatedly targeting security forces personnel and also soldiers. She wanted it to continue, whereas given the security situation in the state, the BJP was not willing to continue with ceasefire.

"Terrorism, violence and radicalization have risen and fundamental rights of the citizens are under danger in the Valley", he said.

The Central government's priority is to ensure security for the Yatra, as militancy in South Kashmir has increased in recent months.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday morning approved the imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.

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.

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Training his guns on PDP leader and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Madhav said: "The main person responsible for taking care of the state's issues has not been completely successful in doing that".

However, some people felt that an elected government was any day better than the Governor's rule. "Let those who are holding confabulations against the special status of the state become aware that the PDP isn't going to succumb to any pressure and it will keep fighting for people, their dignity and honour with strong will and courage", Alam said.

"Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor", Madhav added. "We don't face any political interference".

On the other hand, Mehbooba said, "We did not form this alliance for power". We had expected a good response from the Hurriyat.

The killing of prominent Kashmiri journalist, Shujat Bukhari, last week has sent shock waves in the disputed Himalayan region.

She further said her aim was for peace in the region and unilateral ceasefire.

While the PDP would repeatedly say it will never allow dilution of this provision, the BJP would publicly vow that abrogation of Article 370 and its upshot including Article 35A was the "core agenda" of the party. PDP is the largest party in the state.

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