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SRINAGAR: Congress leader and former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad sparked a controversy when he said Army operations in the state killed more civilians than Militants, eliciting a strong response from BJP, which accused Congress of trying to demoralise the armed forces. In a TV interview, Azad also said BJP’s language of “all out operations” in J&K indicated that a “massacre” was being planned. BJP said the comments were unfair to Army personnel who put their lives on the line to protect civilians.

“They (forces) take action against four militants and kill 20 civilians. Their action is more against civilians than Militants. For instance, they killed 13 civilians in Pulwama and just one terrorist,” Azad said in the interview. “Rahul Gandhi should take action against leaders like Azad, who are making baseless allegations against the Army without any facts. They (Congress) leaders should target BJP but refrain from making adverse comments against the armed forces,” Rajya Sabha MP and BJP national media chief Anil Baluni said. “Congress leaders made light comments about the Army chief and are repeatedly raising questions about the armed forces. It is sad that a senior leader like Azad has made such a comment on which Congress party should clarify its stand,” Baluni said. Since BJP pulled out of its alliance with PDP on Tuesday, bringing down the coalition government in J&K, there is increased talk that under governor’s rule, stress would be on security operations.

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SRINAGAR: Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) General Secretary, and it’s Kashmir point man Ram Madhav has claimed that there is definitive progress about talks with the Hurriyat. In an interview with Hindustan Times has said that BJP was facing criticism, both from the people and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, that dialogue has not happened with the Hurriyat, Madhav said there has been progress in that direction.

“I don’t think, Mehbooba said that. Let us give her the due. She, in fact, criticized others for not responding to the home minister’s open appeal for talks, even with Hurriyat. Government has appointed a former DIB as interlocutor for Kashmir. He is continuing his work and will continue his work,” Madhav said, who was BJP’s focal man in cobbling alliance with the PDP to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir.

“I can tell you that there was some definite progress about talks with Hurriyats. Unfortunately, things suddenly deteriorated and Shujaat’s killing happened. I think there will be some stalemate for some time”. Soon after Delhi announced halt in security operations for the month of Ramzaan, home minister Rajnath Singh also offered dialogue with the Hurriyat. In response, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), said that they were ready to join the process provided Government of India makes is stand clear respect to dialogue as it was too vague.

In response to another question whether BJP has strengthened the resistance leaders and weakened pro-Indian parties like PDP, Madhav told Hindustan Times. “I do not agree with the analysis that we have straightened the separatists. We wanted governor rule to ensure that the campaign against terrorist continue with further vigour”. “We had planned a four pronged approach for Kashmir. One, killed the Militants to the last man. Two, tackle over ground network of terrorists through legal means. Three, approach all stakeholder through dialouge. Four, work for the development of state. All four dimensions are important. We would want the present administration and the governor to pursue. There is no way that separatists or terrorists will succeed in the Kashmir valley” On whether the tenure of J&K governor, NN Vohra, will be extended or not.

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SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister and Vice President of National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah today termed the breakup of the PDP-BJP alliance was a “well-planned game”. Taking on social media site twitter Omar shared a clip from the 1977 political satire movie 'Kissa Kursi Ka'.and wrote The PDP & BJP have been watching Bollywood movies for political strategy. This is how they have crafted their “divorce”. Brilliant fixed match, scripted to perfection except the audience aren’t fools & neither are the rest of us.

The former chief minister called for immediate dissolution of the state assembly, saying keeping it in suspended animation encourages 'dalals' (brokers). “Then why not dissolve the assembly? If @rammadhavbjp is true to his word that there is no question of horse trading & clearly no new alliances are being formed then the assembly should be dissolved. Keeping it suspended has encouraged dalals,” Omar wrote.

He was responding to BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav's reported comments that there was no question of horse-trading.“Why is he (Omar Abdullah) so scared? I'm sure his party men are loyal to him. There is no question of horse-trading from our side. We've seen what kind of horse-trading happened in J&K under his party, no body should forget the history” Madhav had said. Omar said while he had no doubt about the loyalty of his MLAs, “we all know what happened in the PDP after Mufti Sb (former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) died & the sort of pressure that was applied to Mehbooba Mufti”.

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