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Why are you continuing with this farce coalition govt: Chidmabaram to Mehbooba Mufti

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today took a swipe at asking her why she is continuing with a "farce" of a coalition government when whatever "she proposes, her deputy disposes".

The former Union said that whatever the PDP and other parties may say, the BJP will never allow them to explore ways to bring peace in the northern state.

State deputy and BJP had opposed Mehbooba Mufti's call for a "unilateral ceasefire" in view of the Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra, and was quoted as saying in that a "ceasefire is never a one-sided.

"CM, proposes, Deputy CM disposes! Mehbooba ji, why are you continuing with this farce of a coalition government?

"Whatever the PDP and other parties may say or demand, the BJP will never allow them to explore ways to bring peace to J&K," Chidambaram said on

Gupta reportedly said if there is an appeal from the militants' side, only then can the ceasefire appeal be taken into account and the same cannot be accepted when there are continuous attacks on security forces by militants.

Fissures surfaced within Jammu and Kashmir's ruling alliance yesterday after the BJP dubbed Mehbooba Mufti's call for a unilateral ceasefire as a move "not at all in national interest" while also slamming the state government's "soft policy" on stone pelters.

The BJP's state unit fielded two spokespersons, and Arun Gupta, who said a unilateral ceasefire, as suggested by the chief minister, would only serve to ease pressure on militants and allow them to re-energise.

"We have a strong view...unilateral ceasefire in the present situation is not in national interest at all," Sethi asserted.

The BJP spokespersons described the situation in the Valley as "very serious" and said the soft policy of the government was responsible for it.

"Security situation is very Kashmir, stone pelting is continuously on and unfortunately one tourist has lost his life," he said.

had said the Centre should consider a unilateral ceasefire starting from Ramzan in mid May till the completion of the Amarnath Yatra in August.

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First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 21:50 IST