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Not in favour of any government formed with horse trading: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 22 Nov 2018, 06:01:33 PM
Not in favour of any government formed with underhand defection, horse trading: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik

New Delhi:

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday said that he was not in favour of any government formed in the state with underhand defection and horse trading, adding that he would instead want that elections are held and an elected government rules the state.

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Speaking to news agency ANI, Governor Malik said that this “unholy alliance” didn't want “grassroots democracy” and that by dissolving the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, he didn’t take any party’s side instead took the decision for the larger good of the people of the state. On the digs by former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti that the fax machine in the Raj Bhavan wasn't working, the governor said, "Fax isn't an issue. It was Eid yesterday. Both of them are devoted Muslim and should know that offices are closed that day. Even my cook was on leave, let alone the person who handles fax. Even if I had received the fax, my stand would have been the same."

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Barely minutes after former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti confirmed the grand alliance with the National Conference (NC) and the Congress, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday dissolved the state Assembly under the relevant provisions in Jammu and Kashmir constitution, according to reports. Taking to Twitter, Mufti on Wednesday announced the alliance with the two mainstream political parties, saying the PDP was faxing a letter to Governor Satya Pal Malik with the support of 56 candidates in the 87-member house. According to reports, the PDP will lead the grand alliance in a bid to form the next government in the Governor-ruled state. The purpose behind this far-reaching realignment of political forces is to defend the Article 35A in the Supreme Court in January 2019. While the PDP has 29 seats (including one Independent) in the state Assembly, the National Conference and the Congress have 15 and 12, respectively.

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First Published : 22 Nov 2018, 11:29:33 AM