SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik, whose move to dissolve the state assembly came under criticism on Wednesday, has cited multiple reasons for the step, including the “impossibility of forming a stable government by the coming together of political parties with opposing political ideologies”.
In a statement, the Governor said there were reports of “extensive horse trading”. Underscoring the need for a stable government given the security situation, Mr Malik said there were doubts about “the longevity of any such arrangement where there are competing claims of the majority”.
The dissolution of assembly found support from the BJP, whose tie-up with ideologically disparate PDP had unravelled in June. Questioning Ms Mufti’s Grand Alliance, the BJP said in a tweet, “The best option in such a scenario is to go in for a fresh election at the earliest. This assembly cannot produce a stable government”.
Mr Abdullah and Ms Mufti — who have been at loggerheads for years — intensely criticised the decision, questioning its timing. They also cracked jokes on Twitter about the fax machine in Raj Bhavan which, Ms Mufti claimed, had failed to receive her letter.
Mr Lone, who has two lawmakers in the assembly including himself, had claimed support of the 26 lawmakers of the BJP. He also said he had the support of “more than 18 other lawmakers”. While he did not specify which party they belonged to, the buzz was that most of them were from Ms Mufti’s PDP.
The governor’s advice for dissolution of the assembly will pave way for elections in the state within the next six months. The tenure of the governor’s rule is ending next month, which will be followed by President’s rule.