HIGHLIGHTS: Vohra recommends Governor’s rule in J&K, forwards report to President

Mehbooba Mufti resigned as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the BJP ended its alliance with her Peoples Democratic Party. Here are the highlights.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2018 23:48 IST
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Mehbooba Mufti resigned as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP government.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday pulled out of its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it has become impossible to continue in the government in view of growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.

“It has become untenable for the BJP to continue with the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir,” BJP’s general secretary Ram Madhav at a press conference in Delhi. He said the decision was taken after consulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

Below are the highlights:

9.30pm: Supreme Court advocate and BJP leader Ajay Agrawal writes a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, requesting him to immediately cancel order of withdrawal of prosecution in thousands of cases relating to stone pelters,saying security forces were the victims in these cases, reports ANI.

8.20pm: After concluding his consultations with all major political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor NN Vohra has forwarded his report to President Ram Nath Kovind for imposition of Governor’s rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. A Raj Bhawan spokesperson has confirmed the same.

8.05pm: Congress leader P Chidambaram says, “Hope that muscular, militaristic policy does not come back under guise of governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.”

7.26pm: The Union Home Ministry is awaiting a report from Governor NN Vohra after which necessary formalities related to the imposition of the central rule would be initiated, officials told PTI.

Home minister Rajnath Singh has held a high-level meeting at his residence with Home secretary Rajiv Gauba, and senior officials of the Intelligence Bureau and his ministry to assess the ground situation in the state.

7:19pm: PDP holds emergency meeting, say TV reports.

6:50pm: Opportunistic BJP-PDP alliance set fire to Jammu and Kashmir; the damage will continue under President’s rule, tweets Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

6:36pm: J&K BJP took this step in the interest of the country. Local leadership, deputy chief minister and state ministers were taken into confidence. BJP will continue to do whatever is necessary for benefit of the state: UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

6:15pm: The Shiv Sena called the BJP’s decision to part ways with PDP a “political move”. Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the coming together of the PDP-BJP to form the government in the state was “unnatural and unholy”.

5:40pm: The situation in Jammu & Kashmir has deteriorated completely in the past three years due to naked opportunism and greed for power displayed by the BJP, tweets CPI(M)’s General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

5:30pm:Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal slammed the BJP over its decision to pull out of its alliance with the PDP and said the Valley is worse-off from where it stood three years ago.

5:09pm: I submitted my resignation (as J&K CM) to the Governor and told him that we are not looking to explore any other alliance: Mehbooba Mufti.

5:05pm: We did not form this alliance for power. This alliance had a bigger motive- unilateral ceasefire,PM’s visit to Pakistan,withdrawal of cases against 11,000 youth: Mehbooba Mufti.

5:04pm: We can’t treat Jammu and Kashmir as enemy territory, muscular policy won’t succeed here, says Mehbooba Mufti.

5:03pm: The basic aim of Agenda of Alliance was reconciliation,says Mehbooba Mufti.

5:02pm: After withdrawal of support from the BJP, I have sent my resignation to the governor: Mehbooba Mufti.

4:59pm: Mehbooba Mufti is addressing a press conference.

4:50pm: Meeting of home minister, national security advisor, home secretary and joint secretary of Jammu& Kashmir & other officers underway at home minister’s residence in Delhi, reports news agency ANI.

4:41pm:Highest number of civilians and army jawans were killed during BJP-PDP rule in Jammu and Kashmir, says Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad.

4:36pm: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the BJP’s decision to pull out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government and the expected imposition of governor’s rule won’t bring normalcy in the state.

“There will not be 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 of it,” PTI quoted Owaisi as saying.

4.30pm: On the NC’s offer of support to PDP in 2014, Abdullah says, “It was a one-time offer, it expired the day BJP and PDP joined hands.”

Abdullah adds, “We are not celebrating this break up. We are mourning the demise of democracy in this state.”

4.26pm: “Unfortunate that the BJP didn’t take the PDP into confidence about their decision,” says Omar Abdullah.

“If they (BJP) are citing radicalisation as the reason, they are much responsible as PDP is. Both the parties have pushed the state to this precipice,” says the former chief minister.

4.24pm: “Only the BJP can tell you what compelled them to pull out of the alliance. I am not surprised that the alliance broke down, only the timing of it has surprised me. I was expecting it later in the year, not now,” says Omar Abdullah.

4.22pm: “We have asked for fresh elections and that is what we have asked the governor for. At the earliest, the people should be given the chance to choose a government for themselves,” says Omar Abdullah.

4:20pm: Omar Abdullah addresses a press conference. “I have just come from Raj Bhawan where I met the governor. We didn’t have the mandate in the last election, we don’t have it now. We have not approached anyone nor are we going to,” he says.

3:48pm: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah met Governor NN Vohra in Srinagar, reports news agency ANI.

3:35am: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee says the PDP-BJP coalition was destined to break as it was an “unholy” alliance. “This was an unholy alliance and it was expected to break from day one. They had betrayed the people of the state and supporters of the respective parties. They sought votes on opposing agendas,” PCC president G A Mir was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

3:20pm: We can only put our heads together and discuss in the party meeting at 4 pm: Rafi Ahmad Mir, PDP spokesperson.

3:12pm: No question of forming alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

3:09pm: PDP leader Naeem Akhtar says Mehbooba Mufti has submitted her resignation to the chief minister.

3:06pm: We tried our best to run the govt with BJP. This had to happen. This is a surprise for us because we did not have any indication about their decision: Rafi Ahmad Mir, PDP spokesperson tells news agency ANI.

3:00pm: J-K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to resign shortly after BJP pulls out of alliance govt, says PDP.

2:57pm: Governor’s rule should be imposed to improve situation in the state: Madhav.

2:55pm: “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,” Madhav says.

2:54pm:“Fundamental rights of people in Kashmir are under threat. Even press freedom and freedom of speech is at risk,” says Madhav.

First Published: Jun 19, 2018 15:03 IST