Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday submitted her resignation to the Governor, confirmed senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar. The development came minutes after BJP severed its ties with the PDP citing that it has become untenable for the saffron party to continue in the alliance government in the state.
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said his party advocated governor’s rule in the state. “Keeping in mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and in order to control the prevailing situation in the state, we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the governor,” Madhav told journalists.
The party which was leading the state government had failed to control the situation in the state, the BJP leader said.
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With the PDP-BJP coalition falling apart, the state might come under governor’s rule, which will be for the fourth time in the last 10 years. While PDP with 28 seats is the single largest party, the BJP has 25 seats in the cabinet. At least 44 seats are required to form a majority in the state.
Governor’s rule was imposed in July 2008 following the resignation of then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in the wake of the PDP pulling out of the coalition government with the Congress over the Amarnath land ro...