Strongly supporting Jammu and Kasahmir Governor Satyapal Malik’s decision to dissolve the state Assembly, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav accused that both PDP and National Conference, who came together to form the government, are having instructions across the border.
He recalled that both of them had boycotted local body polls, last month because they had instructions from across the border. Probably, he alleged, they had fresh instructions from across the border to come together and form government. What they did prompted Governor to look into the whole issue, says Ram Madhav.
With regard to non-functioning of fax machine at Raj Bhavan to sent letter claming to form the government by Mehbooba Mufthi, the BJP leader said that only Governor can answer why Governor home’s fax is not working. But, he said that this is lame excuse on the part of Madam Mehbooba. In letter, she recalled that she never claimed that she will form the government. She only said that `I’ll come and see you and stake the claim’. It was all a drama, Ram Madhav added.
Meanwhile, the dissolution of the Assembly paves the way for a fresh elections in the state amid speculation that it could be held with the Lok Sabha polls due early next year. The six-month tenure of the governor’s rule ends on December 18, which will be followed by President’s rule. The state assembly’s tenure was till October 2020.
The dissolution of the assembly, which was in suspended animation since June 19, marked the culmination of a day-long high-voltage political drama in which Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti wrote to governor that her party, which has 29 MLAs, backed by the National Conference and the Congress with 15 and 12 legislators respectively intended to stake claim for formation of the government.
The collective strength of the three parties was 56, well above the required number of 44 for a majority in the 87-member assembly, Mehbooba, a former chief minister, said.
Governor’s rule was clamped in the state on June 19 for a 6-month period following the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti after the saffron party withdrew support.