BJP slams Mehbooba, says political process can be revived after return of 'normalcy'

6/19/2018

New Delhi, The BJP on Tuesday blamed PDP supremo and outgoing Jammu and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the deteriorating law and order situation and "rise in radicalism" in the state but said once 'normalcy' returns the political process can be again taken forward. "Continuance of the BJP in the state government (in Jammu and Kashmir) has become untenable, the responsibility for this kind of scenario lies with the other side," BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters here. Answering questions in the media conference after he announced saffron party's decision to pull out of the Mehbooba Mufti-led ministry, Mr Madhav said: "It is time that the matter (governance) is taken over by the Governor and the situation is restored to normalcy....Then we can take the political process forward". Drawing a clear comparison between the Modi government at the Centre and the Mehbooba government in the state, he also thanked the central government for its positive role and support in ensuring development for the state. "But I feel sad to tell that the person who is responsible for running the state of affairs (Chief Minister) has failed...It seems the state government has failed," he said but maintained the BJP would not like to question the Chief Minister's intent. He said besides the deteriorating law and order situation, the "rise in radicalisation and terrorism are also matters of concern" for his party. He suggested that the party's decision comes in the "larger national interest". Moreover, he said under the Mehbooba ministry the developmental works have been inadequate in two non-Muslim regions Ladakh and Jammu. "We needed much more to be done for Ladakh and Jammu, we find that happening to our satisfaction". To a specific question on the timing of the BJP's decision after three years of sharing power with PDP, which is known for pro-separatist stance often, Mr Madhav said: "The state of Jammu and Kashmir has faced ups and downs many times....There was rise in violence and terrorism in past also, there was also controlled situations". As for his party's decision now, he said, "We came to the conclusion that the present situation cannot be controlled by this government (headed by Mehbooba) at this juncture" and pointed out that in the given situation: his party finds its "continuous in the alliance government untenable". Answering questions, the BJP leader Madhav, who was chief architect of BJP-PDP alliance, said "Suspension of military operations during holy month of Ramzan was announced as a good gesture. This was done from a position of strength. This opportunity was not accepted ....so to bring things under control, we have taken today's decision". He also said several stake holders and agencies have been consulted and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been taken into confidence before taking the key decision. He defended BJP's original decision to share power with PDP saying that was done only to respect the mandate of the people.