In a surprise move, Modi's BJP quits the ruling alliance in Occupied Kashmir government

In a surprise move, Modi's BJP quits the ruling alliance in Occupied Kashmir government
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SRINAGAR - India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the ruling coalition in occupied Kashmir on Tuesday where violence has worsened in recent months, the party announced.

The Hindu nationalist BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with a regional party, People's Democratic Party (PDP), after an inconclusive election in 2014 to govern the state.

"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in occupied Kashmir ," Ram Madhav, party general secretary, told reporters.

BJP quit the coalition following a rift over extension in the Ramazan ceasefire.

Sources said Mehbooba Mufti wanted the ceasefire to be extended, while the BJP decided against it.

The Indian government had suspensded cordon and search operations during the holy month of Ramazan.

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