There was a 64 percent rise in terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir over three years to 2017. No doubt, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had all the reasons to break the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. Else, how would have it saved itself from all the embarrassment and criticism due to the critical condition in which it has led the state into.
While the number of terror incidents was 208 in 2015, it went up to 342 in 2017, leading the total number to 800 in these three years. In these incidents, as many as 747 people lost their lives including, 71 terrorists, 201 security forces and 72 civilians.
The most terror incidents were witnessed in the year 2017 since 2010, which saw 488 incidents. However, under the UPA rule, the state witnessed the fewest terror incidents (170) over the last 28 years in 2013.
Yesterday, the BJP pulled out of the alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir citing rise in terrorism, violence and radicalisation as one of the reasons.
“Terrorism, violence and radicalisation have risen and fundamental rights of the citizens are under danger in the Valley. Shujaat Bukhari’s killing is an example. Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, fact is that J&K is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reins of power in the state be handed over to the Governor,” BJP’s Ram Madhav said while addressing a press conference yesterday.
But, BJP should not forget that it itself is responsible for creating such chaos and disorder in Jammu and Kashmir. Instead of accepting and apologising for its blunders committed in the state, the saffron party conveniently walked out of the alliance, only waiting to make its next tactical move.