The BJP on Tuesday invoked "national interest" to pull down the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir, and government sources indicated a plan for an "all-out" security offensive in the Valley to set the tone for the upcoming general election.
J.P. Yadav and Muzaffar RainaJun 20, 2018 00:00 IST
In dumping the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP has effectively grabbed sole control of the state. Governor's rule means New Delhi henceforth dictates terms and effects measures.
The government has shelved a plan to sell a 76 per cent stake in ailing state-owned carrier Air India due to lack of interest from bidders and the airline is now reviewing its funding needs to remain competitive, a government official said on Wednesday.
The Congress alleged on Tuesday that the BJP had ruined Kashmir and "run away" in its desperation to shift the entire blame on to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and argued that the "unnatural" alliance was doomed to meet a disastrous end.
National Conference vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said there was no question of any alliance with the People's Democratic Party, and that the overture of 2014 had been a "one-time offer".
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called off his eight-day sit-in at lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal's office and several IAS officers, including the chief secretary, held meetings with AAP ministers.