Modi: PDP-BJP Alliance was a Mahamilavat

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 07, 2019, 03:30 PM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview recently labelled the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir as “Mahamilavat”, using the same term he has been known to use frequently for the “Mahagathbandhan” of multiple Opposition parties in the country. 
Tracing the history of the alliance, Modi recalled the 2014 assembly results, when the PDP had won the maximum seats, followed by BJP, the National Conference, and then the Congress. The PM said that it was expected that the PDP would form an alliance with the NC, as he believed that he and Mufti Mohammad Saeed of the PDP were “two poles”, but due to “democratic compulsions”, the BJP and the PDP had to ally, with Saeed being sworn in as Chief minister and work under “the minimum common program”.
The PM said that till Saeed’s death in 2016, everything was fine as Saeed “had experience”, but his daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, upon whom the burden now came, was reluctant to take the responsibility, and stepped up as the CM only after three months. 
However, according to Modi, “differences began to crop up”, and the  final straw was when Mufti refused to conduct local elections, as she believed it would lead to “bloodshed”. The BJP withdrew from the alliance in 2018, resulting in Mufti also resigning as the CM. The state, since then, has been under governor’s rule. 

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