SRINAGAR: PDP President and ousted Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said she was not shocked by the exit of her alliance partner BJP from the government.
“I am not shocked. We didn’t do this alliance for power. This alliance had a bigger motive: unilateral ceasefire, PM’s visit to Pakistan, withdrawal of cases against 11,000 youth,” she said while talking to reporters at her Gupkar residence.
Mehbooba said she safeguarded Article 370 and 35A (of the Constitution) and her party will continue to do so.
“We have been able to withdraw 11,000 cases against the stone-pelters,” she said.
She said the alliance was formed out of the vision of her father, former chief minister Mufti Sayeed. She said the motive of the PDP to form the government with the BJP was to preserve the special status of the state and build an atmosphere of reconciliation.
Mehbooba said that a muscular security policy will not work in the state and reconciliation is the key.
“PDP never believes in power politics and we worked for the people,” she told reporters after an hour-long meeting with her ministers and party workers at her residence.
A PDP leader on the condition of anonymity told Kashmir Reader that the killing of army man Aurangeb, who was abducted and then killed by militants, and the murder of senior journalist Shujaat Bhukari made the BJP call the alliance off.
“Shujaat’s killing has shaken the entire country. Our view of the ceasefire during the month of Ramazan was that it was successful, but the BJP disagreed. They believe the situation worsened in the Valley because of it,” he said.
According to the leader, the PDP knew that BJP will backtrack from the government, but the PDP did not want to make any advance decision about it.