Five reasons why saffron party finally dismantle the untenable alliance

The only legitimate question that can be asked of a moribund alliance lying in a coma at the intensive care unit is this: What motivated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to pull the life support plug now? There are five reasons why the BJP was finally compelled to dismantle the untenable alliance. 1. Differences over extension of non-initiation of combat operations The BJP, under pressure from Peoples Development Party (PDP), had half-heartedly agreed to it as part of coalition compulsion but it eventually came to a conclusion it may have to pay a steep…

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A reluctant BJP & PDP alliance that wasn’t meant to be

Mehbooba Mufti was in her office in the Srinagar Civil Secretariat on Tuesday afternoon when news flashed that the BJP had ended the alliance with the PDP; also marking the sudden and surprising end to the 26-month rule of J&K’s first woman Chief Minister. An official at the Civil Secretariat said the CM was shocked and asked the officials to confirm the news. The alliance was a razor edge walk for both parties, which have opposing geneses, different vote banks, rivalling ideologies and no common ground. The PDP, a party…

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Kashmir dispute above Indian constitution: Hurriyat (G)

Terming Kashmir dispute as above the Indian constitution, Hurriyat Conference (G) chief spokesperson G. A. Gulzar said that the only acceptable solution to this vexed issue lies in the compliance of the United Nations Resolutions on Kashmir. Elaborating the crystal clear stand of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the spokesperson said that the five point formula presented by Hurriyat Conference in 2010, provides a baseline for any dialogue with India. The spokesperson further clarified that this formula lays down the criteria that unless India accepts Kashmir as a dispute, it would…

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Masjids, Madrasas not propagating real Islam in Kashmir: BJP leader Aijaz Hussain

Hours after two Jammu and Kashmir policemen were killed and six security personnel were injured in twin pre-dawn attacks, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Youth Morcha leader, Aijaz Hussain put out a scathing post on Facebook. In his post, Hussain wrote, “If killing innocent people is jihad , better change molvis of masjids & teachers in madrasas. we need introspection, real Islam is not been taught rightly in masjids and madrasas.” Hussain, the national vice president of the BJYM, speaking to Kashmir Post stated that he stood by his statement on Facebook…

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Stone Pelters should be shot dead: BJP MP DP Vats

BJP MP DP Vats said that instead of cases being withdrawn against stone-pelters in Kashmir, they “should be shot dead”, reported ANI news agency. “I read about the withdrawal of cases against stone-pelters but I think those pelting stones should be shot dead” said Vats, a Rajya Sabha MP, on Saturday, according to ANI. Vats is referring to Kashmir’s PDP-BJP government in February deciding to withdraw FIRs against nearly 10,000 people booked for stone-pelting. The BJP MP’s comment came mere days after Union home minister Rajnath Singh said cases against…

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Militant family refuses army’s plea on son’s surrender, video goes viral

The video conversation between a Kashmiri militants’ family and army troopers, in which the former is seen denying to latter’s persuasion to ask their son to lay down arms, has gone viral on social media in Kashmir. In a 1-minute and 42-second video clip, which has gone viral in Kashmir, an army man is seen trying to persuade the family members of a militant— the identity of both could not be ascertained—to ask their son to surrender when he is trapped on forces’ cordon. The family, however, is seen categorically…

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Return of power projects not CM’s only issue, make stand public: Oppn to GOI

The opposition mainstream parties on Friday said that New Delhi as well as the state government should come clear on Government of India’s stand over the return of two power projects to JK. Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is on two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir had said that New Delhi has apprised Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti about its stand on the state’s demand for return of two power projects. Talking to reporters, National Conference (NC) provincial president, NasirAslamWani said that they don’t have any hope over the…

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To arm new recruits, ultras out to snatch weapons, Two gun snatching bids foiled

When a group of four militants barged into the house of the state’s Advocate General, Jehangir Iqbal Ganai, they were focused on what to do: snatch weapons and escape. The incident took place last night in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district and is the latest in a series of attempts to steal weapons from the police to fill the militant armoury. In search of weapons for the new recruits, the militants are making attempts to steal rifles from policemen stationed for guard duty at shrines and residences of protected persons across…

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Farooq Ahmad, Kashmir’s ‘Human Shield’ declines Big Boss offer

Artisan Farooq Ahmad Dar, 29, who hit the headlines in April last year after an Army Major tied him to a jeep as a human shield, has claimed to have rejected a ₹ 50 lakh offer to be on Colours’ reality show Big Boss, as he continues his fight for compensation with the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in Kashmir. Mr. Dar, who hails from the nondescript and far-off Chill village of Budgam, said: “I was offered ₹50 lakh by Big Boss producers in July last year. They even told…

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Police writes to CRPF, seeks details on why paramilitary vehicle was moving in non-deployment area

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have written to the CRPF seeking an explanation that why a lone CRPF vehicle moved through the Nowhatta area of Srinagar where it was decided that there will be no deployment of security forces on last Friday after clashes left at least 20 youth injured on 25 May. Two youths were run over by an armoured vehicle of the CRPF which left one of them dead and another wounded and the family of the deceased has sought that a murder case should be pressed against…

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