Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti Resigns

Jammu and Kashmir were set for a spell of governor’s rule after chief minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned on 19 June 2018 in a rapid turn of events after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended its almost 40-month-old alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and withdrew its support to her government.

Late on 19 June 2018, Governor NN Vohra sent a recommendation to the ministry of home affairs for the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state. The move which will require the formal assent of President Ram Nath Kovind, who is traveling in Europe and Latin America and was on Tuesday night on a flight from Greece to Suriname. An MHA spokesperson confirmed that the ministry had received the Governor’s report.

The end of the BJP-PDP coalition, on a day of intensive political action in New Delhi and Srinagar, came two days after the Union government decided to resume counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir, suspended for a month for Ramzan. Coming a year ahead of national and state elections, it presages a new period of uncertainty in India’s most sensitive state, wracked by almost three decades of militancy.

BJP president Amit Shah first met national security advisor Ajit Doval, a key policymaker on Kashmir, on 19 June 2018 morning, said a BJP leader familiar with the meeting. They discussed the situation in the state.

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