"But we kept these aside for development agenda of Jammu and Kashmir", he said. A former Congress leader, the veteran politician had been a proponent of "healing touch" to the people of the Valley, what with his party driven by the idea of self-rule and not autonomy. "I think situation will further get worse and now 95% people will prefer to boycott than vote for any party", Ahmad explained.
He said that neither BJP nor the PDP abandoned any issues.
When former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away in 2016 and his daughter Mehbooba appeared reluctant to form the government unless she got concessions from the BJP, the national party was widely believed to have tried to split the PDP.
In response to another question whether it was a mistake on the part of the BJP to ally with the PDP, Raina said his party tried its best to form a government on its own but fell short of its mission 44 plus seats. This, when the BJP had always looked for a muscular policy towards forces that had been seeking autonomy or independence in Kashmir.
National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah called for immediate dissolution of the state Legislative Assembly and holding of fresh elections in the state.
The PDP is seen as a party sympathetic to separatist groups, and has long demanded the removal of a draconian law that gives Indian forces sweeping powers to search, enter property and shoot on sight.
"The regional party government acts as a buffer in states like Jammu and Kashmir".
The deteriorating law-and-order situation in Jammu and Kashmir was the main reason for the BJP to pull out from the government and pave way for Governor's rule to ensure restoration of peace and normalcy, state party chief Ravinder Raina on Wednesday said.
According to an official communique, Chhattisgarh cadre IAS officer B V R Subrahmanyam was appointed as the Chief Secretary of the state in place of B B Vyas, who along with K Vijay Kumar, a former IPS officer and an anti-naxal expert, were named advisers to Governor Vohra.
Just a few hours after the BJP broke alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress President Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on both the political outfits.
This weekend, on June 23, the BJP's Shah is coming to Jammu attend to a function to mark the death anniversary of Mookerjee. The BJP also heads the central government, and officials say Prime Minister Narendra Modi was involved in the decision to withdraw from the coalition. They said the meeting will take place Friday evening.