"Mehbooba Mufti Should Break Unholy Alliance With BJP": P Chidambaram

"The PDP-BJP coalition is the gravest provocation to the people of the Kashmir valley," Congress leader P Chidambaram said

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'Mehbooba Mufti Should Break Unholy Alliance With BJP': P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram has asked Mehbooba Mufti to quit the PDP-BJP coalition government


New Delhi:  Congress leader P Chidambaram today asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to pull out from the PDP-BJP government in the state, which he called an "unholy" coalition.

Mr Chidambaram said the "muscular and militaristic" approach of the Modi government has driven the state towards a "catastrophic" situation.

"Mehbooba Mufti should break her party's unholy and opportunistic coalition with the BJP and go back to the philosophy of her father," Mr Chidambaram tweeted.

Ms Mufti, 58, succeeded her father Mufti Mohammad Saeed who died in January 2016, as chief of the People's Democratic Party or PDP.

"The PDP-BJP coalition is the gravest provocation to the people of the Kashmir valley. Mehboobaji, quit the coalition immediately and go back to the people," the former union finance minister tweeted.On Monday, Ms Mufti had called for ending the cycle of violence that has consumed the state. Five Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were shot dead in Shopian on Sunday, and five civilians were killed in the clashes that followed the encounter. A tourist from Chennai, who was attacked by stone-throwers near Srinagar, also died in hospital on Monday night.

Mr Chidambaram said he shared Ms Mufti's concern that statesmanship is needed to get the state out of the cycle of killings.

Government data indicates the problem of home-grown terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir could be rising. According to government figures, 66 Kashmiri youth joined terror groups in 2015, 88 in 2016, and 126 in 2017. So far this year, 45 youth in Kashmir have joined terror groups.

The first four months this year saw 100 deaths, including 55 terrorists, 20 security personnel and 25 civilians. Of the 55 terrorists killed, 27 were locals.

On a question about home-grown terrorism and more Kashmiri boys joining terror groups, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police SP Vaid said, "Obviously, it is a big concern for us and we will take steps to deal with it."

With inputs from PTI


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