Rift in coalition? PDP, BJP not on same page - watsupptoday.com
Rift in coalition? PDP, BJP not on same page
Posted 21 Apr 2017 11:19 AM

Agencies

JAMMU: A rift is seemingly developing in the state coalition partners, PDP and BJP which has been evident in some of the recent developments in the Mehbooba Mufti led dispensation.

Be it the handling of situation in Kashmir Valley after 8 civilian killings on Srinagar poll day, the coalition partners PDP and BJP are not on the same page on decision making or discussing policy matters. While BJP openly justified the Army for beating Kashmiri youths, entire PDP, including the Chief Minister took strong exception to the videos wherein Army was seen thrashing students and tying a local to a jeep as “human shield”. The J&K police registered FIRs against the Army and BSF and the Chief Minister in her meeting with Army Chief Bipin Rawat took strong exception to the instances and sought punishment for the personnel who tied a Kashmiri to a jeep as human shield.

The cross voting by PDP MLA from Zanskar, Syed Mohammad Baqir Rizvi, in recent MLC polls further increased the rift and many senior PDP leaders expressed resentement.

The Zanskar PDP legislator challenged the authority of party president Mehbooba Mufti and voted in favour of BJP candidate Vikram Randhawa, thus helping the BJP get 3 MLCs into the Upper House.

This obviously irritated the CM as on April 18, the Zanskar MLA was removed from the post of Vice Chairman of the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. He also lost the MoS status.

On April 18, Deputy CM, Dr Nirmal Singh skipped the Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu.

The skipping of the Cabinet meet by the Deputy CM was also seen as an indicator of all not being well between the coalition partners on discussing policy matters.

The PDP is on the target of the opposition parties as tension in valley has been escalating. Both NC and Congress have been slamming PDP for “selling out” the state to RSS and BJP and the neglect of Kashmir region in the ruling dispensation. PDP Chief Spokesperson and PWD Minister Naeem Akhtar yesterday said that Kashmir was not getting adequate attention under Health and Medical Education Minister Bali Bhagaat.
According to political pundits, PDP is feeling ditched and is bewildered over these developments.

Sources said that to discuss these developments, CM Mehbooba Mufti would be heading to New Delhi on Saturday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The future of the coalition government in the state will depend on the crucial talks between the PM and Mehbooba.

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