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BJP-PDP alliance ends in-Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP-PDP alliance ends in Jammu and Kashmir.

The BJP on Tuesday pulled out of the coalition with the  People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the second largest party in the Legislative Assembly with 25 members.

At a press conference in New Delhi, BJP vice president and general secretary Ram Madhav said, "It has become untenable for the BJP to continue with the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir."

The party took the decision after holding discussions with the State unit and the Ministers. "Everyone is on board on this decision,” he said.

Recalling that the Assembly elections in 2014 threw a fractured mandate, Mr Madhav said the BJP decided to support the PDP in order to bring stability in the region. “Restoring peace in Kashmir and encouraging economic development in the three areas of the State was the object of this alliance."

The BJP Ministers would resign from the Cabinet and the legislators would convey the decision to the Governor soon, he said.

The BJP favoured Governor’s rule in the State. “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,” Mr Madhav told journalists.

The Hindu

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