Free Press Journal
  • No new coalition for Jammu and Kashmir

    Reports that a few disgruntled MLAs belonging to the People’s Democratic Party are toying with the idea of cobbling together a new ruling coalition in collaboration with the BJP in J and K have not been denied by the parties concerned. A few PDP legislators who have openly rebelled against the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti have reportedly mooted the idea of a new government with the BJP. On its part, the

  • Teach Pakistan a lesson for exporting terror

    India has been tolerating Pakistan-sponsored terror for far too long. It is time we put our foot down and show Pakistan that enough is enough. Not just Pakistan but the world at large has begun taking India’s diatribes against the neighbour for acts of terror as routine. We are being taken for granted.

  • PDP leader Imran Raza Ansari accuses Mehbooba Mufti of nepotism

    Pattan: A leader of The Jammu and Kashmir’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday lashed out at former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and accused her of obliterating the party by promoting nepotism. Party leader and former minister Imran Raza Ansari also hinted at exiting the party.

  • BJP reminds people of ‘ek nishan, ek vidhan, ek pradhan’

    Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s 65th death anniversary last weekend served a dual purpose. Since Mookerjee died in Srinagar, his idealistic, but factually flawed logic, could be invoked to lend post facto justification to what was in effect the Centre’s sacking of Jammu and Kashmir’s supposedly soft-line chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Narendra Modi’s rally in Madhya Pradesh and Amit Shah’s in Jammu also reminded people that the Bharatiya Janata Party invests Mookerjee’s “ek nishan,

  • Peace never got a chance

    With focus shifting to the 2019 general elections less than a year away, the PDP-BJP alliance coming a cropper in the sensitive border state of Jammu and Kashmir on June 20 was only waiting to happen.

  • There is leverage to Congress appeal in Jammu

    As Jammu and Kashmir settles down to a new routine of Governor’s rule with the Mehbooba Mufti government having collapsed following withdrawal of support to the People’s Democratic Front-BJP coalition, a few surmises can safely be made for the future.

  • Pointless censure in Kashmir

    Even as Kashmir continues to erupt in gun-fire between the security forces and the jihadis, even after the take-over of the State administration by the Centre, fresh hostilities of the verbal kind have broken out between the erstwhile alliance partners who had together ruled the State for over three years. The bitter recriminations between the BJP and the PDP do not help either, though they certainly foul up the atmosphere in the

  • BJP pulled down J&K govt for failure of own ministers

    Sources said a RSS report had nailed the lie of the BJP’s repeated claim that the development works were on course in both Jammu and Ladakh regions and saw no problems from the side of Mehbooba Mufti.

  • J&K: War of words between Omar & Ram Madhav over developments

    Srinagar : A bitter war of words started on Thursday between former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav after the former alleged that the PDP-BJP split was a “Bollywood-inspired fixed match”.

  • BJP not abandoning people of Jammu and Kashmir, says Ram Madhav

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav said on Thursday that his party has abandoned its partnership with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and not the people of the state.

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    History will never forgive BJP for its greed in Jammu and Kashmir, says Shiv Sena   

    Mumbai: In a vitriolic attack on the BJP, the Shiv Sena today charged that the saffron party opted out of power in Jammu and Kashmir after spreading anarchy, and said history will never forgive the party for its “greed”. When the BJP failed to check terrorism and violence in the northern state it pinned blame on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Sena said comparing the move to the way Britishers “decamped”

  • Fall of the opposites into a blind alley

    It was an extraordinary alliance which took everyone by surprise when three years ago the BJP and the Peoples’ Democratic Party joined hands to break the impasse of a hung Assembly and formed the Government under the late Mufti Mohammed Syed. The diametrically opposite poles in J and K politics had joined hands, as they claimed, in the larger interests of the troubled State. The move elicited a muted welcome all around

  • BJP-PDP end alliance in Jammu and Kashmir: What is Governor rule and when is it imposed

    On Wednesday morning President Ram Nath Kovind approved of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect. The development came a day after BJP announced its decision break the alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. Because of this Jammu and Kashmir is back in the hands of Governor NN Vohra who will be running the state for the fourth time.

  • ‘Kashmir’ sacrificed for ‘Mission 2019’

    Political compulsions seem to be a reason for the BJP and PDP parting ways in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday after their over three year old alliance left both parties apparently wary of their political base shrinking in view of feedback that things had not worked out as desired and could continue the same way till the Lok Sabha polls. The parties had formed the coalition despite having major differences of views

  • Mehbooba Mufti ‘not shocked’ by BJP’s withdrawal

    Srinagar: After resigning from the post of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister on Tuesday, Mehbooba Mufti said she was “not shocked” by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) exit from its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.