BJP-PDP Govt: a timeline

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 19: A timeline of political developments in Jammu and Kashmir since Assembly elections in 2014 and the PDP-BJP alliance assuming power.
* December, 23, 2014: Results of Assembly polls declared, verdict hung. PDP gets 28 seats, BJP 25, NC 15 and Congress 12 in the 87-member Assembly.
* December 28: Governor’s rule imposed in JK.
* PDP and BJP hold talks for an alliance. Consultations take two months for finalising common minimum programme – the Agenda of Alliance.
* March 1, 2015: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir for the second time. Governor’s rule ends.
* January 7, 2016: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died of illness at AIIMS, New Delhi.
* January, 8, 2016: Governor’s rule imposed again as PDP-BJP fail to come to an arrangement for continuing the alliance.
* PDP expresses reservations on the implementation of the agenda of alliance, shows reluctance to lead the Government. Governor’s rule continues.
* March 22: Mehbooba Mufti meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. After the meeting, announces she is satisfied with the assurances from the Centre.
* April 4: Mehbooba Mufti takes oath as the first woman Chief Minister of the State. Governor’s rule ends.
* April 5: Crisis erupts in National Institute of Technology Srinagar where local students clash with non-local students following a cricket match between India and Pakistan.
* July 8: Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Burhan Wani killed in an encounter with security forces in Kokernag area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
PDP-BJP differ over the killing of Wani as it leads to violent protests resulting in the death of over 85 people.
* May 9, 2018: Mehbooba Mufti calls all-party meeting in the wake of rise in civilian killings during clashes near encounter sites.
After the meeting, the Chief Minister calls for a Ramzan ceasefire on the pattern of one announced during the tenure of the then Prime Minister A B Vajpayee in 2003.
BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta opposes the idea.
* May 17: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announces month-long suspension of operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
* June 17: Rajnath Singh announces Centre’s decision not to extend the unilateral ceasefire, saying counter-terror operations will resume in the valley in the wake of increase in militancy related incidents during the ceasefire period.
* June 18: All BJP Ministers summoned to Delhi by the party high command.
* June 19: BJP pulls out of its coalition Government with the PDP. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tenders resignation. State heading towards Governor’s rule again.