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

  • BJP leader Subramanian Swamy terms PDP-Congress alliance as ‘pro-terrorist’

    New Delhi: Reacting to speculations over Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said that the alliance will be a bad idea as both parties are ‘pro-terrorist’.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Kashmir: A polarising factor in 2019?

    It was an alliance that was ill-fated to start with. An alliance described as coming together of the ‘north pole and the south pole’ by none other than the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the pragmatic PDP chief who took a calculated risk to align with the BJP after a fractured mandate in 2015, the PDP-BJP partnership was expected to hit the dead end sooner than later. The obvious reason was: the ideological

  • Acid test in Kashmir

    Among the myriad challenges the BJP faces for its comeback in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there is none as demanding as the situation in Kashmir. Having withdrawn support to the PDP-BJP government in Srinagar, the BJP would be keenly watched to see if it comes through the ordeal of fire under Governor’s rule unscathed. That would indeed be no mean task. The first strand of the challenge would be the successful

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Mumbai: BJP may have pulled out of J&K govt to avoid uneasy questions, says Shiv Sena

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday wondered if the BJP’s decision to part ways with alliance partner PDP in Jammu and Kashmir was taken to avoid “uneasy questions” over violence in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Dubbing the saffron party’s decision as a “political move”, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the coming together of the PDP-BJP to form the government in the state was “unnatural and unholy”.

  • ‘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

  • Time to call Mehbooba’s bluff and bluster

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s call for a unilateral ceasefire by the army to coincide with Ramzan in its war on militancy amounts to a show of weakness that India can ill afford. True, in recent months killings of Indian security forces and even of innocent civilians on the Indian side have gone up but that is a reaction to greater Indian vigil and must be viewed in proper perspective.

  • Shopian Firing: Death toll in firing incident climbs to six

    Srinagar: The situation in South Kashmir’s Shopian district was tense after the police today recovered two more bodies, raising the death toll in last night’s firing incident on a vehicle to six. “Two more bodies were recovered in Shopian district this morning,” a police spokesperson said. Police recovered the body of another militant, identified as Ashiq Hussain Bhat of Lashkar-e-Taiba, seven km from Pahnoo where the Army had fired upon two vehicles

  • Shopian Firing: Deeply distressed by killing of civilians in Shopian, says Mehbooba Mufti

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said she is deeply distressed by the killing of civilians in “crossfire” in Shopian district here. Six people, including two militants, were killed in a firing incident last night in south Kashmir’s Shopian district after the ultras fired upon a joint check-point of the security forces.

  • PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir hails militants from Kashmir as martyrs

    Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir): Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Aijaz Ahmad Mir on Thursday described Kashmiri militants killed by Indian security forces as martyrs and added that their deaths should not be celebrated.