Bharatiya Janata Party turning down the ceasefire suggestion put forth by the all party meeting held in Srinagar has put its ally Peoples Democratic Party in a tight spot.
Soon after the BJP turned down the suggestion Opposition parties launched a scathing attack at the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for calling the meeting and making a mockery of it.
It’s strange that five BJP leaders attended the APM and endorsed the truce suggestion but. When the Chief Minister was briefing the media, Deputy Chief Minister stood with her and maintained silence. There were clear indications that BJP is on the board.
On the very next day BJP leaders took a u-turn and addressed a press conference in Jammu and made it clear that they don’t agree with the truce suggestion and anti-militancy operations should continue. BJP taking a tough stand have left the PDP cornered. The critics are of the opinion that cracks within the coalition are wide and open and this can lead to the government falling at any point of time.
Many people believe that PDP has lost the ground in Kashmir and if the encounters and civilian killings continue it would be left with no other option other than pulling out from the government.
It looks like that battle lines have been drawn and PDP has got a very few options. If it continues to remain in the government it may disappear from the political arena of the Valley. The opposition National Conference is busy in encashing the prevailing dissent against the PDP and wants to make a comeback. If the BJP fails to address the concerns of its ally it can prove disastrous for the PDP and would leave ground open for the National Conference.