STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The alliance partners BJP-PDP ( considered North Pole-South Pole ) are once again coming closer to falling apart over the issue of handling of Kashmir unrest. In the past two years, the capricious alliance partners have seen many ups and downs. When former Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed was at the helm of affairs, he managed dissenting voices and handled political pressure with finesse. He had himself started on a turbulent note when he went on to thank separatists and Pakistan for peaceful conduct of Assembly polls in the Kashmir Valley. Later, the issue of State flag code had also tested his nerves. In nutshell he was able to do a balancing act and managed pulls and pressures of running an alliance government in the volatile State. Mufti Sayeed, despite facing hardships over the issue of distributing flood relief, was able to hard-sell the Rs 80,000 crore package, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards reconstruction of devastated infrastructure across the State. Soon after Mehbooba Mufti took over the baton, she faced her litmus test at the end of 100-day in office. Killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani triggered a cycle of violence in parts of Kashmir and soon it spread like a wild fire across the Valley. With help from the Centre, Mehbooba struggled a bit but was able to withstand the turbulent phase of her career. Then came another challenge in the State Assembly where she was cornered by the National Conference Working President and leader of the Opposition Omar Abdullah. Speaker Kavinder Gupta expunged her “anti-national remarks” made in the Assembly. She had made a statement in the House stating that attempts to weaken Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to the state, was the biggest “anti-national act”. As the opposition party tired to exploit the situation on the floor of the Assembly and demanded her resignation, Speaker chipped in to bail her out of the crisis situation by adjourning the House sine-die. Now, once again the alliance partners are at logger heads with each other over the issue of handling Kashmir unrest. It remains to be seen whether this time the alliance partners would be able to withstand the turbulent storm or they would be swept away. Two spin doctors, Ram Madhav and Dr Haseeb Drabu are already on the job to prepare a diagnosis before administering a bitter pill to run the show.
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