Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir CM and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday that they will not be staking claim to form the government in the state.
“I met the Governor. I told him that National conference didn’t receive the mandate to form govt in 2014 and we don’t have the mandate in 2018 also. We haven’t been approached and we aren’t approaching anyone,” he said, addressing the media.
“I have told Governor that since no party has the mandate to form the government, he will have to impose Governor rule in the state,” Omar added.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday pulled out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government, citing growing terror activities and radicalization in the valley making its continuance “untenable”. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav at a press conference that deputy CM Kavinder Gupta and nine other ministers from the party have tendered their resignation to Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The state leaders were called to the national capital for urgent consultations.
The move came less than a year ahead of the 2019 General Elections and a couple of months after the BJP had replaced its Deputy Chief Minister in the wake of outrage over Kathua rape incident. It also came two days after the Centre decided not to continue with the ceasefire.
“After reviewing the work of the government in the last three years and after consultations with the Home Ministry and the agencies and after consultations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, we have come to the conclusion that it is difficult for the coalition to move forward in Jammu and Kashmir.
“It has become untenable for the BJP to continue the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir in the situation that has developed today. Terrorism and violence have increased in the valley and radicalization is fast spreading. Fundamental rights of citizens and right to free speech of people have come under threat in the valley as symbolized by the murder of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in broad daylight in Srinagar,” Madhav said.
The People`s Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP formed a coalition more than two months after the December 2014 elections returned a hung verdict, in which the PDP got 28 seats and the BJP 25, while the National Conference with 15 and Congress managed to win 12 in a House of 89. The government came to power on March 1, 2015.