Hours after the BJP announced that it would end its ruling alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, who has tendered her resignation from the post of Chief Minister of the state, addressed a news briefing where she made the Ramzan ceasefire the main point of contention and mentioned reconciliation, dialogue and Pakistan a number of times.
Here's what she said:
"I have sent in my resignation to the Governor. This alliance between BJP-PDP, unlike how people think, had been entered into after great thought by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (her late father and predecessor as CM), thinking that the BJP is a big party and the PM has a great mandate, and this could help us bringing out the people of J&K from the trouble they are in.
It took us many months to form a Common Minimum Programme, the basis of which was reconciliation -- meaning reconciliation and confidence-building-measures here and good relations with Pakistan. This was our agenda. And the biggest apprehension, as BJP got spots in Jammu and we got in Kashmir, in the hearts of J&K people was with Article 370 and our special status. We have defended our special status and removed cases against thousands of youth.
We made confidence-building measures. We implemented ceasefire. We made an offer of dialogue with no less than the Home Minister. We have always thought that Jammu and Kashmir cannot be subjected to a muscular policy. We can't treat it as an enemy territory. That's the reason that we started the unilateral ceasefire because of which people had got respite. Unfortunately, the other side didn't respond. And the desire to end the ceasefire ended up winning.
PDP wishes that people should be talked with as per PDP's 'healing touch' policy, Pakistan should also be talked with. No muscular policy can be followed. We have tried to keep J&K together. We fought cases, including cow vigilantism. Our workers have suffered a lot on the ground. Still, they have supported us. I believe that the reconciliation for which Mufti sahab had formed an alliance, we did with all our might.
We will continue our efforts towards dialogue and reconciliation."
Watch what she had to say in the video above. (Refresh if it doesn't play at first)