Shocking, Panic Move: In Bid To Keep NC, PDP, Congress Out, Jammu And Kashmir Governor Dissolves Assembly
The move is ostensibly aimed at helping the BJP.
In a clear sense of panic after People’s Democratic Party (PDP) along with National Conference (NC) and the Congress staked their claim to form a government with a nearly two-third majority in the house, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday passed orders to dissolve the state assembly. The move is ostensibly aimed at keeping out INC, NC, PDP, out of power in the state and allow continuation of central rule, a situation favoured by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sajjad Lone.
Here’s the letter released by Governor Malik’s office.
Sources in Delhi told NC24x7 that Home Ministry has received a report from the Jammu and Kashmir governor on dissolution of the assembly.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah underlined that the governor’s move to dissolve the assembly “within minutes of Mehbooba Mufti’s letter staking claim” to form government in the state “cannot be a coincidence”.
@JKNC_ has been pressing for assembly dissolution for 5 months now. It can’t be a coincidence that within minutes of @MehboobaMufti letter staking claim the order to dissolve the assembly suddenly appears.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 21, 2018
Earlier in the day, Mufti posted a letter in her Twitter handle, addressed to the governor, saying that the INC and NC “have decided to extend support to our party to form a government in the State.” The letter adds that the collective strength of the three parties stands at 56 seats.
Mufti wrote in her tweet that she has been trying to send the letter to the governor’s office but “strangely the fax is not received”, nor is the governor available on phone.
As reported by NC24x7 earlier today, PDP had staked claim to form a government in which Congress would be a part, while NC would provide external support. It had been anticipated that the governor, who has been at the centre of many controversies since he took the charges in August, could dissolve the assembly despite the embarrassment of having blatantly gone against all democratic norms and rules stipulated by the Supreme Court in the Bommai Judgment.