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BJP-PDP alliance should have been ended much earlier, says saffron party leader

Dilip Ray

Bhubaneswar, June 19, 2018: Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu-Kashmir on Tuesday, senior BJP leader and Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray said that the alliance was a complete ideological mismatch and should have been ended much earlier.

Hailing the decision of the party, Ray said, “The BJP's decision to pull out of the alliance with #PDP in Jammu and Kashmir is a welcome decision and a one which is in the larger interest of India’s security and integrity. This alliance was a complete ideological mismatch should have been ended much earlier.”

Ray in his facebook page said the exponential rise in the incidents of terrorism, violence and the worsening law and order situation in the valley is highly disturbing and what further aggravated the situation was the alliance with the separatist-leaning PDP having a voter’s base comprising hardliners.

“To restore normalcy in the valley, the Central Government must now take a strong approach on terror and come down heavily on Pak sponsored terror outfits and proxies,” Ray suggested.

On Tuesday the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu-Kashmir, three years after the two parties came together following a hung verdict in 2014. The decision to end the alliance came on the day J&K BJP Ministers arrived in New Delhi to meet party president Amit Shah.

Addressing a press conference, the party’s J&K in-charge, Ram Madhav, said it has become untenable for the BJP to continue in this Government. “Keeping national interest in mind and that Kashmir is an integral part of India; we have to say it is time that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the Governor.”

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