Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Centre wants terrorism to end in Kashmir: Rajnath Singh

Centre wants terrorism to end in Kashmir: Rajnath Singh

"In exercise of powers conferred by Section 92 of the state Constitution and of all other powers enabling me in that behalf, and with concurrence of President of India, I hereby proclaim that I assume to myself all the functions of government of the state and all powers vested in or exercisable by anybody or authority (other than the powers vested in or exercisable by the high court) in the state", the proclamation read.

Ashok Koul said, "BJP did not betray PDP but the decision to withdraw support to PDP was taken by the central leadership in the larger national interests keeping in view the worsening law and order situation in Kashmir Valley". The Congress ruled out a possibility of an alliance with PDP.

Referring to the imposition of Governor's rule in the state after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP, he said, "We don't think there will be any impact".

He said a record number of one crore people performed yoga simultaneously at different places in the state today to mark the International Yoga Day. It was a far cry from the BJP's ideological mooring in the region tracing to the days of the Praja Parishad, a Jammu-based political organisation that had launched in 1949 a historic four-year-long agitation against J&K prime minister Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah.

He said that neither BJP nor the PDP abandoned any issues. "BJP's policy on Kashmir will never change".

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Bijbhera is the ancestral town of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and is represented by senior PDP leader Abdul Rehman Veeri in the assembly. Instead, at the June 19 media conference, he cited Srinagar's "discrimination" against Jammu and Ladakh as one thing that displeased the BJP.

"The BJP, in its pursuit of power and political opportunism, in the past three years, disrupted the ongoing constructive engagement with the people of the state and has imperilled the security situation, setting the state of Jammu and Kashmir on a fire of anarchy, radicalization, malgovernance and corruption", Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni said in a statement.

"When the PDP was formed, we voted for it, thinking it as our own party".

In the successive meetings of the BJP and RSS, it was not only discussed but decided that the party must get out of alliance. Traditionally, persons from the military, police or civil services background are appointed to the position of governor in the state.

The public perception of the BJP being hard on terrorists, separatists and foreigners was taking a beating in Jammu, as Union home minister Rajnath Singh was seen more than "accommodating" to CM Mehbooba. The security forces have very strict rules of engagement and "take action" in accordance with them, Rawat said.

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