The most circumstantially and politically critical state of Jammu and Kashmir came under the governor’s rule this morning after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the imposition of the governor’s rule in the state with immediate effect. It came as a result of the ruling party BJP pulling out of the coalition government with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday. The reason for ending the three years long partnership was the rising disagreement between the parties regarding the security strategies of the state.
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BJP Vice President and General Secretary, Ram Madhav at a press conference in New Delhi said, “It has become untenable for the BJP to continue with the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir.” Recollecting the effects of the alliance as a fractured mandate he added, “Restoring peace in Kashmir and encouraging economic development in the three areas was the objective of the alliance.” Informing about the further actions, he also said that the decision will be conveyed to the Governor as soon as the BJP ministers would resign from the Cabinet. He also informed the journalists that BJP favored the Governor’s rule in the State. As quoted in a report by THE HINDU, Madhav 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 the power in the state to be handed over to the Governor.”
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Following this, the word of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s resignation was out in the news. Failed by the numbers in majority, Mufti gave the confirmation that she gave in her resignation to Governor Vhora and had informed him that there won’t be any other formation of alliance to form the government. Sharing her party’s intentions, the chief minister said, “We defended Article 370 and 35A.” She also said, “We can’t treat J and K as enemy territory. There is no room for ‘muscular policy’ in the state”
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As soon as the decision from both parties was received by the Governor, without any further delays, Governor N.N Vhora concluded his necessary consultation dialogues with all the major political parties by Tuesday evening and sent his report to the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. After the report was reviewed by the President, under the Section 92 of the Indian Constitution, the Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir this morning, making Governor Vhora sit in the hot seat for the fourth time since 2008.
Amidst of this storm of political actions, there were many words said, questions raised and future actions predicted by several party leaders. National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah today tweeted calling for immediate dissolution of legislative assembly and need for fresh election to be held. On the other hand, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s words raised concerns regarding the normalcy in the state and the BJP’s ‘actual’ agenda. As quoted in THE HINDU, Owaisi said, “There will be no normalcy after Governor’s rule is imposed…there will be further repression. The BJP’s actual agenda is to scrap Article 370. No Kashmiri will approve it.”
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The Congress too took part in this verbal attack as Congress’s Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala targeted the number of lives lost in past four years of the ruling party’s decision making and said, “It’s like gaining consciousness after destroying everything. Now, a new game behind a new mask.” The party President too did not fall back in this attack and tweeted, “The opportunistic BJP-PDP alliance set fire to J&K, killing many innocent people including our brave soldiers. It cost India strategically and destroyed years of UPA’s hard work. The damage will continue under president’s rule. Incompetence, arrogance and hatred always fails.”
The partner from another failed alliance by the BJP, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackrey tweeted targeting their former ally, “It took you 3.5 years and sacrifice of around 600 soldiers to realize that you should take back your support in Jammu and Kashmir. When you know how that government functions, how could even support them for so long.”
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Irrespective of things said, the BJP seemed to hold onto the alliance for as long as they could wait to announce their exit when the time would be right. It can be said that the Modi government envisions for the Governor’s rule to run till the end of 2018 so that it will be closer to Lok Sabha elections to be scheduled. According to the latest reports by IANS after the governor’s rule imposed, say that the Governor held a meeting with the senior administration officers and security forces in Srinagar and the state assembly is now under suspended animation by the governor.