A rift is apparently brewing among the leaders of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir because of the ongoing unrest in the valley. Some leaders of the party, which is running the government in alliance with the BJP, are reportedly demanding the resignation of CM Mehbooba Mufti if she fails to control the situation in the state.
Former deputy chief minister of the state and senior PDP leader Muzaffar Baig today said that the CM should think if she is doing justice to the people of the state and resign if she thinks she can’t. “Mehbooba must look deep within, ask herself whether she is doing justice to the people of Kashmir,” Baig told CNN-News18.
Talking to the channel, the former deputy CM showed his agreement with a growing perception in the state that the BJP-PDP alliance has failed. He said that the alliance has not been beneficial for the PDP as the party has not been able to “do anything” for its workers.
Baig was also critical of the all-party delegation that visited Kashmir, saying it was “high on symbolism and low on delivery.” He further said that the government should continue to engage with the Hurriyat Conference leaders as they are not “irrelevant”.
Attacking the BJP, he said that PM Modi talks of the development of the Jammu and Kashmir but BJP workers speak in a different tone in the state. Baig’s outburst against Mufti and the BJP is, however, seen my many as an attempt to put the blame of the unrest in the Valley on BJP and save the PDP.