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BJP breaks its alliance with PDP: Here’s what that means for politics

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ended its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir today but the signs of the break-up became fully visible in March when the PDP’s contact person with the BJP, finance minister Haseeb Draboo, was sacked from the J&K cabinet for referring to Kashmir as a ‘social issue’. The sacking of Draboo was an indication of gross ideological mismatch between the two parties. When the PDP decided the remove the man who dealt with the BJP on its behalf, it was a clear enough signal that PDP won’t want to deal with the BJP for long.

The breaking points
The immediate breaking point between the two parties is seen as the differences over continuation of the Ramzan ceasefire. The ceasefire was rejected by the militants as evident from several terror incidents including the murders of journalist Shujat Bukhari and of Army jawan Aurangzeb. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said while announcing the break-up that terrorism, violence and radicalisation had risen and fundamental rights of the citizens were under danger in the Valley.

The road ahead
The BJP has sent a letter to Governor NN Vohra expressing their decision. Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti as well as the BJP ministers have sent their resignations to Vohra whose term has been extended till the end of the Amarnath Yatra. President’s rule is a big possibility as the chances of the Congress or National Conference (NC) supporting the PDP from outside are bleak. While Kashmir Valley region has 46 seats, Jammu has 37 seats and Ladakh region has 4 seats. J&K has a total of 87 assembly seats. PDP has 28, BJP 25, NC 15 and the Congress 12.

BJP’s master move?
The pulling out of an alliance which had no ideological affinity and even lacked any functional coordination could be a winning move for the BJP. For long, several state BJP leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with the PDP. The alliance was also not approved by most of the party workers due to strong ideological differences with the PDP which is soft on separatists. Lack of development in Jammu was another factor that was alienating the BJP’s biggest support base in the state. It is expected that the security forces will get more powers during the President’s rule. With no alliance with a party whose leaders openly supported separatists, it would be easier for the BJP to exhibit its nationalistic credentials before the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections next year. J&K is ideologically crucial to the BJP. The party making compromises with separatists and their supporters in the state would have cut a sorry figure with its national support base. With a strong challenge emerging from a unifying opposition across the country, the BJP would like to shore up its core voter base.