New Delhi/Srinagar: Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday resigned as Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) broke its alliance with People's Democratic Party (PDP) after sharing power in the state for three long years.
Something was going on within the BJP was visible since today morning after it summoned all its ministers to New Delhi for what it called an urgent meeting. Later in the afternoon the party announced its decision to pull out of the alliance in Jammu & Kashmir.
"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in the state," BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav told reporters at a press conference.
Soon afterwards, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to Governor N N Vohra. "I submitted my resignation to Governor N N Vohra and told him we are not exploring any other alliance", she said after meeting the Governor.
Reacting on the sudden political turmoil in the state, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, whose party is the third biggest in the assembly, said, "I wish Mehbooba Mufti had resigned herself... instead of the having the rug pulled from under her feet."
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. The NC has 15 seats, the Congress 12 and others seven.
Although the BJP and the PDP had campaigned vigorously against each other, they came together with an Agenda of Alliance in the hope of pulling the state out of the cycle of violence. But the Alliance never took hold and the two parties disagreed on most issues even as the security situation continued to deteriorate.
Both Omar and the Congress said they will not form an alliance with any party to form government in the state. The BJP also said it favours governor's rule, according to PTI.
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