Indian Kashmir government collapses

Chief minister resigns after weeks of protests over controversial land transfer.

    Azad's handling of the land-transfer issue has sparked statewide protests [EPA]

    No confidence

    On June 28, the land transfer controversy prompted the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to withdraw support for the government, reducing Azad's Congress-led government to a minority.

    "I do not wish to put my friends in trouble whose heart is somewhere else and their party whip is somewhere else," Azad said in state assembly before tendering his resignation to the state governor.

    The state, in India's northeast corner, will be administered by the governor until elections are held in four months.

    Omar Abdullah, president of the opposition National Conference, said his party "will not stake a claim to form the government".

    "We need to get into campaigning mode and predicting any post-poll alliance at this point of time will be premature," he said.

    Record protests

    The Kashmir region, which is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed by both, has experienced some of the largest anti-India demonstrations in nearly two decades.

    On Saturday, thousands of protesters clashed with police over allegations that government forces set fire to a local Muslim shrine.

    Police denied any involvement with the fire at the shine, which was partially damaged.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.