BJP: Political Failure in J&K

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on June 19
THE decision of the BJP to withdraw from the coalition government with the PDP in Jammu & Kashmir at this particular moment has the potential of creating greater political instability in the state. It signifies the total political failure of the BJP’s approach in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Lateral Entry: Subverting Civil Service

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