Shiv Sena Says BJP Ended Alliance With PDP To Avoid Questions

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MUMBAI: Shiv Sena wondered today if the BJP’s decision to part with the socio-partner PDP in Jammu and Kashmir was taken to avoid “awkward questions” about violence in the state before the Lok Sabha elections of 2019.

Dubbing the BJP’s decision as a “political move,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the PDP-BJP meeting to form the government in the state was “unnatural and unholy.”

He said that the head of the Seine, Uddhav Thackeray, had opposed the agreement, and called it an “anti-national” alliance.

“Uddhav’s words have proven to be correct today,” he said.

“The BJP-PDP had made a deal to get power, our soldiers had to pay a heavy price for this, and the incidents of our soldiers’ martyrdom had increased since the merger formed the government,” Raut told reporters here.

“If the BJP made this decision to avoid responding to these problems in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, I think it’s a political decision,” he said.

The BJP today withdrew from its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it has become impossible to continue in the government in view of the growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.

The decision was made after consulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, said BJP general secretary Ram Madhav in New Delhi.

In the elections of the Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir held in 2015, the BJP won 25 seats and the PDP 28, in the Chamber of 87 members.