PDP-BJP alliance in troubled waters in 2015: Both parties on different pages

When the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata  Party (BJP) shook hands to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir early this  year, it caught many by surprise. It was not just that the two parties have  different political ideologies but also had fought election against each  other.

And, as was expected, the surprise alliance witnessed troughs and crests all  through the year 2015 on different issues.

Ally BJP was left red faced when PDP Patron Mufti Mohd Sayeed  after taking oath of office as Chief Minister surprised all by asserting that Pakistan as well as armed  militants and Kashmir’s Hurriyat Conference deserve credit for allowing peaceful  polls in the state recently.

I  want to say on record and I have told this to the Prime Minister (Narendra  Modi), that we must credit the Hurriyat, Pakistan and militant outfits for the  conduct of assembly elections in the state, Mr Sayeed said while addressing  media conference shortly after he took the oath of office. BJP refused to be drawn into the controversy.  Bharatiya  Janata Party National Secretary Shrikant Sharma briefly commented that  ‘peaceful polls’ in Jammu and Kashmir, was conducted with the support of the  Election Commission and other security agencies, besides those who believe in  the Indian Constitution.

Another stumbling block for the PDP-BJP coalition regime was the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam soon after the formation of alliance.

The release of the Muslim League chief from a  Baramulla prison on March 7 once again put the two allies  on different  pages, as politicians and the media blamed Mr Sayeed for derailing the peace  process in J&K even before it could take off.

Responding to the PDP’s statement that Alam’s release was within the ambit of  the common agenda, Jugal Kishore Sharma, a senior BJP leader on March 9, was  quoted in media, we categorically do not agree with this decision.

This is neither the BJP’s decision nor the coalition Government’s decision; it is a decision of the PDP alone.

After Masarat Alam, the BJP-PDP adopted a different approach on another hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Geelani’s application for an Indian passport to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia has again put the two alliance partners on different turfs.

While senior party leader Nayeem Akhter said the issue needs to be treated on humanitarian-level, the state BJP leaders asked for an apology from the senior separatist leader before passport can be issued to him.

While riding through troughs and crests PDP -BJP alliance witnessed rough phase when the Chief Minister in media interaction on May 17, said the state government has shelved the construction of an artificial lake over the Tawi river here as it was not feasible

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