India's BJP pulls out of ruling alliance in disputed Kashmir

Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters take part in an election campaign rally held in Bangalore, on May 3, 2018.
Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters take part in an election campaign rally held in Bangalore, on May 3, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday (June 19) quit the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir state, where militant violence has worsened in recent months, the party announced.

The Hindu nationalist BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with a regional party after an inconclusive election in 2014 to govern the state where Indian forces have struggled to quell an armed revolt for decades.

"It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir," Mr Ram Madhav, party general secretary, told reporters.