Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition lost a second political ally in three months after his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew its support from the government in the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Blaming the state government-led by Mehbooba Mufti of the regional People’s Democratic Party for its failure to maintain law and order and curb a rise in terrorist activities, the BJP on Tuesday announced it had ended the alliance in India’s only Muslim-majority state.
Ram Madhav, a general secretary of the BJP, told a press conference in New Delhi that “the continuation of BJP with the government has become untenable.”
Since December, Modi has been facing political turbulence. He won his home state of Gujarat on a wafer-thin majority, lost crucial by-elections in the country’s largest state, failed to form the government in Karnataka.
In March, regional Telugu Desam Party quit Modi’s federal coalition, blaming the government for failing to fulfill the promise of according special category status to India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh.