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JK headed for President’s rule; assembly not to be dissolved: Malik

JK headed for President’s rule; assembly not to be dissolved: Malik
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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir is headed for President’s rule but the state assembly will not be dissolved for now, Governor Satyapal Malik said Friday.

His statement comes amid speculation that efforts are being made behind the scenes to cobble together a coalition government by various parties to succeed the PDP-BJP dispensation that collapsed in June when the BJP withdrew support to the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP.

However, the numbers for a government formation don’t seem to add up for now.

Malik himself is convinced that a popular government will not be possible. “I still do not see any government formation. No party has numbers so far and there is a clear message that nothing illegal will be allowed,” he said.

However, he justified the decision to keep the 87-member state assembly alive on the ground, saying that at least the MLAs will be able to cater to the daily needs of the people of their respective constituencies.

“I still don’t see any government formation from the present assembly but I do not wish to deprive people of their development. The MLAs can continue developing their respective constituencies and addressing the problems of the people,” Malik told PTI.

Malik had reversed his predecessor N N Vohra’s order by restoring the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of members of the Legislative Assembly.

The fund had been put in suspended animation after the fall of the Mehbooba Mufti government on June 19. Malik also authorised legislators to inaugurate projects and infrastructure related works in the state.

Asked whether the state was heading for a presidential rule, he said, “It is a normal course of action that after completion of six months of governor’s rule, it will be followed by President’s rule.”

The state is under governor’s rule which expires on December 19. Under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no provision for extension of Governor’s rule.   PTI

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