The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition is a passé in Jammu and Kashmir. Today BJP has adopted an aggressive posture while PDP is cautioning its cadre about designs to weaken the party. Few months out of power today there is an air of political aversion for each other with charges and counter charges being raised. No party has seen such internal rebellion as was visible in PDP after the government fallout. Even those considered to be close to Muftis were the first to raise the voice of resentment. Former Chief Ministers, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti, had come under scathing attack for forming a coalition with the BJP. Before Mehbooba supported BJP, she had admitted that it was an “unpopular” alliance. Previously, it was the Congress which was seen as the one to be engineering defections in Kashmir. It even dismissed the elected governments to rule the troubled State. The National Conference (NC) contested the 1951 elections in the State and won all the Assembly seats uncontested, except for the two seats on which Opposition parties put up candidates. However, it was only two years later, in 1953, that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru got NC founder and then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Abdullah detained on charges of espionage and he was dismissed from the government. The charges against him were dropped in 1964. However, in 1975, after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi signed an accord with Sheikh Abdullah – which was known as the Indira-Sheikh Accord – Syed Mir Qasim, the Congress Chief Minister since 1972, resigned from his position to make way for Sheikh Abdullah. However, the Congress withdrew the support that it had offered to Sheikh Abullah only two years later in 1977. Later on after Shah assumed office, only two years later he was also dismissed and Farooq returned as the Chief Minister in 1987 in the wake of another accord with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, which was known as Rajiv-Farooq Accord. Subsequently, the two parties fought the elections together in 1987 and the government lasted for three years before the militancy erupted in Kashmir. Will history repeat this time also?
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