PDP-BJP BREAK-UP: People express happiness, say an ‘unholy alliance’ was bound to end this way

On 19 June 2018, BJP pulled out from the government saying it had become “untenable for the BJP to continue its alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir."

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 24 2018 1:07AM | Updated Date: Jun 24 2018 1:07AM
PDP-BJP BREAK-UP: People express happiness, say an ‘unholy alliance’ was bound to end this wayFile Photo

The fall of PDP-BJP government in the state has brought cheer to many people in Kashmir, who believe “this was an unholy alliance that was bound to end up this way.”

The PDP had formed the government with the BJP in 2014 against the wishes of people in Kashmir and likened it with “joining of north and south pole.”

On 19 June 2018, BJP pulled out from the government saying it had become “untenable for the BJP to continue its alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir." 

Many people Greater Kashmir talked to from various parts of Kashmir said that BJP's pulling out from the government reminded them of Delhi's “repeated deceitful policies vis-à-vis regional parties in the state."

Javid Bhat of Gandabal said, "PDP stuck to chair till it was dragged out by Delhi shamelessly. Delhi had inflicted similar pain on the National Conference when Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, then Prime Minister of the state was arrested." 

Bhat suggested that “no one” was happy with this “unholy alliance.”

“From day one, people in Kashmir felt betrayed by the PDP when it joined the government with BJP. The party (PDP) sought votes promising to keep at bay the BJP. Later, it hugged the same party to form the government," Bhat added.

Muneer Gul of Raj Bagh said the BJP taught a lesson to the PDP. "People in Kashmir are happy at the fate of the PDP. The Chief Minister was in the office when she came to know that the BJP had pulled the rug from under her feet. This is what happens to those who ask vote for something and later do the opposite," said Muneer.

Syed Qasim Kashani of Gojwara, a broadcaster, said that BJP's manifesto was to abrogate Article 370 and it believed in “muscular power” to suppress the voices. "It was the PDP Chief Minister with BJP government, BJP will, BJP plan and BJP strategy. Though, the CM tried to show publicly that she was in power, BJP played smart to prove it was more powerful.”

Kashani said, “What actually PDP would have done in 2016 after civilian killings, the BJP did it now on the pretext of national interest, leaving PDP high and dry and in a deep shame."

Ishrat Ahmad of Boch village in Kokernag suggested that people were happy with imposition of Governor Rule. "The PDP claimed to redress public issues and protect special status of the state. However, it introduced GST, which further degraded the special status of the state. The party brought RSS in Kashmir and is also responsible for civilian killings and fate of pellet victims. It had to go and it was pushed to go."

Similar views were echoed by people from different parts of Kashmir. “The political breakup between the two allies is a good news," a resident from Baramulla said.

Neyaz Elahi, political editor of local news gathering agency CNS said, “What people in Kashmir were asking and expecting the PDP to do (to withdraw from the government) was done by the BJP. Breaking down of this alliance is good news for people of Kashmir, no matter who took initiative to part ways.”

Elahi said whatever the PDP would say now “to protect its skin, I think it has no takers now in Kashmir.”

He added: “Whatever has happened, has happened .There is a lesson in it for the National Conference as well."

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