Indicating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed for a `puppet regime’ in Jammu and Kashmir by installing Sajad Lone, who is having only two MLAs as Chief Minister of the state, Governor Satya Pal Malik today strongly defending his action of dissolving the Assembly said “I didn’t want to go down in history as a dishonest man”.
Referring to political furore over his decision of abrupt dissolution of the assembly last week hours after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival National Conference (NC) and the Congress, he seems to be firm on his decision and also not even contacted the Center before dissolving the assembly.
It may be recalled at the same time, the two-member People’s Conference, which claimed the support of the BJP and `unnamed’ 18 legislators from other parties. Earlier, Malik had said that he was completely apolitical and there was no political pressure or interference from the Centre, and that he was “completely apolitical”.
Malik had also said that PDP president and ex-chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, and NC vice president Omar Abdullah could have easily contacted him if they were serious about forming a government.