With an eye on the general elections and an assessment that the party's image has suffered from "sacrificing" its ideology by continuing to support Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday walked out of an alliance with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to bring a premature end to the state government.
Following the resignation of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Governor N N Vohra had recommended imposition of Central rule in his report to President Ram Nath Kovind, a copy of which was also forwarded to the Home Ministry.
The National Conference leader asserted that he has requested Governor to impose Governor's rule in the state since no party has the mandate to form the government in the Valley. He said that security forces in the valley take orders from the Government of India and that the BJP has failed to stop cross-border terrorism and attacks on army camps.
"She wanted to continue with the ceasefire but the Centre was adamant because ceasefire results were not on expected lines", a senior BJP leader familiar with the developments said. "Journalist Shujaat Bukhari's killing is an example".
The BJP has long favoured a tough approach to quell the movement, while the PDP had advocated a softer touch to address the grievances in the region where tens of people have been killed since an armed campaign began in 1989.
The Chief Minister and the PDP had also pleaded for extending the Ramzan truce beyond Eid-ul-Fitr to pave the way for holding talks with the separatists which was ignored by the Centre, the sources said.
The decision to finally part ways was taken at a meeting of BJP's ministers and office bearers in Jammu and Kashmir with Amit Shah here at party headquarters.
"I am not shocked", Mufti said on the withdrawal of BJP from the alliance.
The BJP was often criticised for it sheer hypocrisy as it desperately formed a government in Jammu and Kashmir with a party, whose ideology was diametrically opposite to each other.
The PDP should not have joined hands with the BJP in the first place. She added that her target was to save Article 370 that gives special status to the state and PDP did that for 3-4 years.
The governor asked Vyas where the chief minister was and asked him to immediately arrange a call with her, they said.
BJP and the PDP, unlikely partners from the onset of their alliance, have had uneasy relations from time to time in the last three years.
"A muscular policy can not work in Jammu and Kashmir".
Mudassir Nazir, a businessman, described the PDP-BJP alliance as a coalition of north and south poles as their ideologies are in stark contrast.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti gestures as she addresses a news conference in Srinagar, June 19, 2018. "A democratically elected government is much better any day than the Governor's rule which essentially means New Delhi's direct rule in the state where now they will have absolute control over the administration and the security apparatus. But right from the moment BJP had come to power in Jammu and Kashmir, we had said that the state was on the path of destruction", he added.
"It will be political rhetoric of how the BJP will save the situation in the northern region of the state", he said. "We are glad that BJP has accepted its mistake".