PDP to pull out of Jammu and Kashmir ruling alliance

June 28th, 2008 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  


Srinagar, June 28 (IANS) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by former chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Saturday decided to withdraw from Jammu and Kashmir’s coalition government following its differences with the Congress over land allotment to the Amarnath shrine. Senior PDP leaders and legislators met here in the afternoon and decided to pull out of the government, a highly placed party source told IANS.

“Deputy Chief Minister and senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig has called on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar to communicate the party decision,” the source said.

The PDP had said it would withdraw from the coalition if the controversial order of forest land allotment to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) was not cancelled by the end of this month.

The Congress-PDP alliance came to power in 2002 after the state assembly elections in which the National Conference was voted out of power.

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