Watch | BJP-PDP Split: What’s Next for Jammu and Kashmir?

Siddharth Varadarajan talks about the BJP's decision to pull out of the alliance with the PDP.

The Bharatiya Janata Party today (June 19) withdrew from the coalition it had formed with the People’s Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was announced by party general secretary Ram Madhav after BJP’s J&K lawmakers had a meeting with Amit Shah in Delhi. Soon after the announcement, the state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to state governor N.N. Vohra.

“Restoring peace in Kashmir and encouraging fast development in Jammu and Kashmir, these were the objectives with which we joined with the PDP,” Madhav said at a press conference. “We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing.”

Madhav also said that the BJP will be pushing for governor’s rule in the state, as it feels like the Mehbooba Mufti government has let down the people.

The PDP holds 28 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, and BJP holds 25. The majority mark is 45 seats.

The two parties have had several differences in the recent past, most recently after the Centre did not extend the unilateral ceasefire it had called in the state during Ramzan. Mehbooba had asked for the ceasefire, and the state BJP had said that it did not support the idea.

The Wire‘s Siddharth Varadarajan talks about what comes next for the state.