A day after dissolving the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, Governor Satya Pal Malik Thursday justified his decision claiming that MLAs were receiving terrorist threats and even directions on government formation. He cited this as one of the reasons why he decided to dissolve Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly.
The Governor said that formation of a stable new government in the state was an “impossibility” as parties with opposing political ideologies “including some which have been demanding the dissolution of the Assembly” were coming together. He then termed such an alliance as “an attempt to gain power rather than to form a responsive government.
About NC and PDP, Malik said that they were the people who had been opposed to urban and rural local body elections. This (government formation attempts) would have adversely hit the security forces and police efforts to successfully conduct the ongoing panchayat elections, he said.
PDP leader and former CM Mehbooba Mufti called the decision “strange” and “disappointing” in her tweet. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, who is also a former chief minister of the state tweeted that his party was demanding for dissolution of the assembly for 5 months. The state of Jammu and Kashmir was put under Governor’s Rule in June this year after BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti government.