Jammu and Kashmir govt falls apart: Rajnath Singh, PDP’s most-trusted BJP leader, left out of alliance-ending talks

On Monday evening, when Jammu and Kashmir’s BJP leaders and MLAs were asked to report to New Delhi between 7.30 and 7.45 am on Tuesday — and advised accordingly to book early morning flights to the National Capital — for a meeting with the party high command, they had little idea as to what was transpiring and were only told that the party leadership wanted to discuss strategy ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.But what has surprised many in the Valley is a newspaper report stating that the two most important people when it comes to Kashmir — Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Centre’s special representative to Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma — were kept in the dark about the party’s decision to pull out of its alliance in the state.So did National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and BJP chief Amit Shah seal the fate of Mehbooba Mufti in an early morning meeting in New Delhi? Most mistook the early morning meeting between Shah and Doval as being related to Amarnath Yatra preparedness. But now it is clear that before coming to a conclusion on ending the alliance, Shah wanted to have firsthand knowledge of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, noted Sanjay Singh, political editor of Firstpost.Sharma was in fact in Srinagar and meet Mehbooba for a detailed discussion on the situation in the state. By afternoon, when he was asked for his reactions on the BJP’s decision to pull out of the alliance, he was taken back. “I have no idea about this and the decision of the Central government. I came to know through TV news; I don’t want to comment on this,” Sharma said in Srinagar.

 

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