UNTENABLE: Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar

BJP LEAVES ALLIANCE OVER RISING VIOLENCE INDIA’S governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir state on Tuesday (19) and called for federal control over the Himalayan region, citing a deterioration in security that could herald a new crackdown. The BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with a regional party after an inconclusive election in 2014 to govern the state, which is claimed by Pakistan and where Indian forces have struggled to quell a revolt for decades. “It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir,” Ram Madhav, party…