BJP, PDP ‘Spoiled’ poll atmosphere in Kashmir, resulted in low voter turnout, slams Congress

The Congress on Thursday accused the Centre and the erstwhile BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir of “spoiling” the atmosphere in the state and held them responsible for the current situation there, where people are “afraid” to cast their vote. The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who hails from the state, said this was not the first time that voter turnout in municipal polls in the Kashmir Valley has been low compared to that in the Jammu region. Senior party leader Ambika Soni alleged that…

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Govt unlikely to accept ceasefire for Ramadan and Amarnath Yatra

Officials in the home ministry, army, and Jammu and Kashmir police said an internal ceasefire is laden with risks, while the enforcement of a ceasefire with Pakistan is contingent on the latter’s behavior. The Mehbooba Mufti government on Thursday continued to push for a unilateral ceasefire with terror groups in the state and along the border with Pakistan during the holy month of Ramzan, but New Delhi, while it will consider the issue, is unlikely to accept the proposal, particularly with regard to internal operations, several officials familiar with the development…

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BJP, NC, Congress on same page over autonomy to Jammu Region

Say move to ensure equitable development in all three regions of the state As discrimination with the Jammu region was the main issue for the majority of the delegations which met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his two-day stay at the winter capital of the state, a consensus is emerging among political parties about having regional autonomy to ensure equitable and balanced development in all three regions of J&K. Not only the ruling BJP, but even opposition parties like the Congress, Panthers Party and the Kashmir-centric National Conference…

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BJP, Congress on same page in condemning Farooq’s remarks

While the BJP today asked Jammu-based leaders of the National Conference (NC) to clear their stand on Farooq Abdullah’s recent statement in which he came to the defence of militants, the Congress termed former Chief Minister’s remarks as highly “objectionable.” “The NC president has crossed all limits and indulged in making statements which are well-planned and aimed at provoking the people of Kashmir. His utterances are the attempts to regain the lost faith and ground in Kashmir and the Jammu-based leaders should come clean on what has been said by…

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Soni questions coming together of PDP, BJP

All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Ambika Soni today asked as to what had transpired between the BJP and the PDP in the three months post the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, leading to change of heart without having anything new in the public domain. The two parties need to explain to the people if there are any secret understandings, Soni said. Addressing a meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) executive of Jammu province and the Mahila Congress Committee convention here, she asked…

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BJP, PDP to begin talks over government formation in March

As quiet dialogue between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is going on for past two weeks, the leaders from both the parties are expecting that the government formation would not take long now. As quiet dialogue between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going on for past two weeks, the leaders from both the parties are expecting that the government formation would not take long now. PDP leaders say government formation would take place in the first fortnight…

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BJP, PDP hold first formal meeting on govt formation after Mufti’s death

Finally, Madhav & Mehbooba meet BJP, PDP hold first formal meeting on govt formation after Mufti’s death on Jan 7 In a bid to break the deadlock over government formation, Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav met Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti at her Fairview residence here this evening. This was the first formal meeting at the highest level between the two parties on government formation after the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7. Madhav had last met Mehbooba on January 8 a day after the…

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BJP, PDP have common agenda, must form government: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah today said the BJP and PDP could go ahead with formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir as they have requisite numbers as well as a “common programme”. During his brief interaction with reporters at the city airport, the former J&K chief minister said a state should not remain without government. “I don’t know if they (BJP and PDP) will form government or not. But, our party has been telling them to form government as they have numbers. A state must have a government,” Abdullah…

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BJP, PDP divided over rejecting beef ban Bill

The fate of the controversial Bill moved by the National Conference (NC), seeking revocation of beef ban, would be decided tomorrow because Speaker of Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta could not attend his office today to finalise the business calendar. The Speaker, who reached Srinagar this afternoon, straightway went to the residence of the Secretary, Legislative Assembly, Mohammad Ramzan, to condole the demise of his father, who died three days ago. The Assembly Secretariat had decided to finalise business agenda for the coming autumn session of the Assembly today but the…

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BJP, NC claims belied as NHAI says no toll waiver for locals

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the state government have nailed the lie of political parties and said no ‘official concession’ had been granted to the local commuters at the Ban Toll Plaza on the Jammu-Udhampur national highway. The BJP and the National Conference recently claimed that the locals were exempted from toll at the Ban plaza. The move has, however, created confusion and chaos at the Ban Toll Plaza, triggering verbal spats and clashes between the local commuters and those looking after the affairs of the plaza…

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