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Jammu and Kashmir Governor dissolves Assembly after Mufti, Sajjad Lone stake claims

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 22 Nov 2018, 08:10:17 AM
J-K Governor dissolves Assembly after Mufti, Sajjad stake claims (File Photo)

New Delhi:

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 is faxing a letter to Governor Satya Pal Malik with the support of 56 candidates in the 87-member house. According to reports, 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 in the state Assembly, the National Conference and the Congress have 15 and 12 respectively.

Read | Jammu and Kashmir: Sajjad Lone stakes claim to form government with BJP support to counter Mehbooba's grand alliance

Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor's rule from the last few months which cannot be extended after it completes its six-month term on December 19. The unprecedented movement came a day after senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig threw his weight behind BJP ally Sajad Lone on Tuesday. The previous government headed by the Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti fell when its partner BJP pulled out of the ruling coalition on June 16.

Here are the Highlights:

Best option in Jammu and Kashmir is to go for fresh election at earliest as current assembly cannot produce a stable government: BJP

Replying to Mufti on Twitter, Abdullah said, "And I never thought I’d be retweeting anything you said while agreeing with you. Politics truly is a strange world. Good luck for the battle ahead. Once again the wisdom of the people will prevail".

PS - In today's age of technology, it is very strange that the fax machine at HE Governor’s residence didn’t receive our fax but swiftly issued one regarding the assembly dissolution, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

Oddly enough our pleas fell on deaf ears. But who would have thought that the very idea of a grand coalition would give such jitters, says the PDP chief.

Since the past five months, regardless of political affiliations, we shared the view that the state assembly be dissolved immediately to avert horse trading and defections: Mehbooba Mufti

In my twenty-six-year-old career as a politician, I thought I had seen it all! But like they say never say never! Nevertheless, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to @OmarAbdullah and @Ambikasoni4 ji for helping us achieve the seemingly impossible: Mufti

If Governor would have called us for floor test, we would've shown our members. Now the situation is different. The election is the only option. If Mehbooba Ji thinks it's undemocratic, she has a lot of options in this democratic country: PDP rebel MLA Imran Ansari

JKNC has been pressing for assembly dissolution for 5 months now. It can’t be a coincidence that within minutes of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba letter staking claim the order to dissolve the assembly suddenly appears, Omar Abdullah tweeted.

On Rajbhavan not getting the fax sent by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said, "Raj Bhavan needs a new fax machine urgently".

Mehbooba Ji should move court as what Governor has done on Centre's instructions is undemocratic and unconstitutional. Mehbooba Mufti wrote to Governor only after Congress and NC supported PDP and Guv should've given her a chance: Prof Saifuddin Soz, Congress

I said this afternoon also that it's a suggestion and no final decision has been taken yet (on PDP-NC-Congress alliance). BJP dissolved the assembly even though only a proposal was made: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress

The governor dissolved the state assembly under the relevant provisions in Jammu and Kashmir constitution.

People's Conference leader Sajjad Lone also stakes claim to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of 25-member BJP to counter Mufti's grand alliance.

PDP stakes claim to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir with the support of Congress, National Conference, says Mehbooba Mufti.

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First Published : 21 Nov 2018, 09:14:36 PM