Governor dissolves J&K assembly for fresh elections, shortly after PDP-NC-CONG stakes claim to form Government

On Wednesday evening, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik dissolved the state assembly shortly after, Mehbooba Mufti led PDP purportedly placed a bid to form Government with support from Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) and Congress.

Mehbooba Mufti has claimed that instead of responding to their application, which was sent through fax, Governor decided to dissolve the assembly. Significantly, on the same day, People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone had also written a letter to the governor, staking claim to form the government with the help of 25-member Bharatiya Janata Party and 18 other legislators. 

However, refuting Mehbooba Mufti’s charges, Governor said that as it was a holiday, none was sitting at his office to receive the faxes. “My office was shut because of Eid so I got no communication from Mehbooba Mufti. On a holiday, none was sitting next to the fax machine,” Malik told a TV news channel.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti took to twitter to thank those who extended support to her. “In my twenty six year old career as a politician, I thought I had seen it all! But like they say never say never!” Mufti tweeted. In a series of tweets, she thanked NC leader Omar Abdullah and Congress leader Ambika Soni for their efforts to stitch an alliance with the PDP, a “seemingly impossible” task. 

She wrote, “Since the past five months, regardless of political affiliations, we shared the view that the state assembly be dissolved immediately to avert horse trading & defections.”  She further said, “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.”

Reacting to the news of the assembly dissolution, NC leader Omar Abdullah raised questions over the timing of the decision Notably, “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.”

In June of this year, Governor’s rule was imposed in Kashmir, keeping the assembly in animated suspension. But now as the assembly has been dissolved, the state is expected to go for fresh elections soon.