J&K Assembly Dissolution LIVE Updates
J&K Assembly Dissolution LIVE Updates: Governor Satya Pal Malik has defended his decision to dissolve the Jammu-Kashmir assembly, saying he could not allow an “unworkable alliance” the right to form the government in the state. Speaking to CNN-News18, Malik added that PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti should have sent him the letter staking claim to government formation a day before the Eid holiday at Raj Bhavan. Asked about conspiracy theories over a ‘broken’ fax machine at Governor House, Malik replied that “sometime even water heaters don’t work at Raj Bhavan”.
Officially, the Governor has cited “impossibility” of forming a stable government by parties with “opposing political ideologies” and fears of horse-trading as the main reasons he decided to go back on his earlier position of not dissolving the Assembly. The dissolution of the assembly, which was in suspended animation since June 19, marked the culmination of a day-long high-voltage political drama in which former CM Mehbooba Mufti wrote to the Governor that her party, which has 29 MLAs, backed by the National Conference and the Congress with 15 and 12 legislators, respectively, intended to stake claim for formation of the government. The collective strength of the three parties was 56, well above the required number of 44 for a majority in the 87-member Assembly, Mehbooba said.
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