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Mufti Mohammed’s death was the first blow to BJP-PDP alliance in J&K: BJP

New Delhi | BJP national general secretary and Jammu and Kashmir in charge Ram Madhav said that the death of Mehbooba’s father and then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January 2016 was the first blow to the alliance.

In 11 months’ time, Mufti Sahab passed away and that was the first setback for the alliance. Mehboobaji took her time, thus giving the impression to the opposition that she was not fully on board,” Madhav said

In an interview, Madhav blamed the break-up of the party’s alliance with the PDP on the “soft approach” of the Mehbooba Mufti government over violence in the Valley.

“It was a historic alliance. We do not believe in political untouchability. I agree that it was a compulsion of the moment, but it was not an opportunistic alliance. Mufti described it as the coming together of the North and South poles… We tried our best to maintain this alliance and ensure that the government lasts its full term. I myself put in a lot of effort… but some alliances work and some don’t,” Madhav added.

While referring to the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bhukari, the BJP spokesperson said, “Policemen and journalists are being killed because of the soft approach. We don’t want that soft approach.” The BJP leader, however, said he didn’t agree with the contention that 2018 has been the bloodiest year in the Valley.

The BJP on Tuesday withdrew its support from the Mehbooba Mufti government in the state, leading to the resignation by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.  BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav in the Press conference said that “We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing.”

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