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Governor orders dissolution of JK legislature

Governor orders dissolution of JK legislature
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State heading for another spell of central-rule beyond Dec18

Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday evening issued orders for dissolution of the state legislative assembly.
The Governor’s move came as a surprise as PDP alongwith Congress and NC staked claim for the government formation in the state. The PDP’s letter was followed by Peoples Conference (PC) leader Sajad Lone’s who also wrote to the Governor claiming support of BJP and other dissident MLA’s for forming a ‘politically stable’ government in the state.

“The Governor, Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik, has passed an order in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by clause (b) of subsection (2) of section 53 of the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir dissolving the legislative assembly,” read an order by Umang Narula, IAS, Principal Secretary of Governor.

“By virtue of powers vested upon me in terms of Proclamation No. P-1/18 of 2018 dated 20th June 2018 issued under sub-section (1) of section 92 and in the exercise of the powers conferred upon me by clause (b) of subsection (2) of section 53 of the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, I hereby dissolve the legislative assembly, “the order read.

Governor’s rule was clamped in J and K on June 19 for a 6-month period following the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government after the saffron party withdrew support. The state assembly was also kept in suspended animation so that political parties could explore the possibility of forming a new government.
The decision by Governor Satyapal Malik to dissolve the state assembly under the relevant provisions in the state constitution was announced in an official communique. The state is now headed for another spell of central rule beyond December 18 when the governor’s rule comes to an end.
Reacting to the Governor’s decision, NC leader Omar Abdullah said the order issued from the Raj Bhavan minutes after Mehbooba Mufti staked claim for government formation was not a “coincidence”.
“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,” he tweeted.
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.

Mehbooba faxes letter to Raj Bhawan
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), having highest number of MLAs in 87-member state Assembly has faxed a letter to Raj Bhawan, staking claim for the formation of the government in alliance with congress with outside support from National Conference.
Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet said that she has faxed a letter to Raj Bhawan for the formation of the government, claiming support of 56 MLA.
However, Mufti said that the fax has been received by the Governor’s office.
Earlier, senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari said that National Conference, PDP and Congress have agreed to join hands to form a new government.

“The leaders have agreed to form an alliance. The PDP, NC, Congress at the leadership level have agreed. What are the contours of the alliance, it has not come down to MLAs. I am an MLA and I have been told only this much,” Bukhari told reporters here.
Notably, Mehbooba Mufti had earlier said that her party, Congress and National Conference has set aside difference to protect Article 35 A and prevent horse-trading.
“The BJP had started engineering defections in other parties for furtherance of its political motives,” Mehbooba was quoted as having said by a local news gathering agency.
“We three parties — NC, PDP and Congress — have decided to come together setting aside our differences on some issues for protecting Article 35A and stopping horse-trading amid tinkering with laws concerning political identity of J&K,” she said.
Mehbooba, according to the report, said that the talks are on between Congress, National Conference and PDP.
She said the proposed alliance of the three parties would work for protecting Article 35A and to halt stop tinkering with the laws concerning the political identity of the state.

Sajad Lone stakes claim
Sajad Lone, leader of the People’s Conference, on Wednesday staked claim to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir with the support of the 25-legislator strong BJP and “more than 18” other lawmakers.
In a letter to Governor Satya Pal Malik, Lone, whose party has two MLAs, including himself, said he has the support of more than required number of legislators in the assembly to form a government.

“Following our telephonic conversation regarding government formation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, I hereby formally stake claim for the government formation in the state with the support of the BJP and more than 18 other elected members of the J&K state legislature…,” he said.
Lone said he would submit the letter of support from the BJP legislature party and other members supporting the government headed by him as and when asked to do so.
“I assure your excellence that with the support I have from the BJP and other members of state legislature, I will form a strong and politically stable government for restoring peace, harmony and prosperity in the state and would work towards overall development in all three regions of the state,” Lone said.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP patron Mehbooba Mufti also staked claim to form a government Wednesday with the support of the Congress and the National Conference.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 29 MLAs in the 87-member house. The National Conference has a strength of 15 MLAs and the Congress 12. (PTI)


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