Published On: Thu, Nov 22nd, 2018

J&K state assembly dissolved; Congress defines decision unconstitutional

Following day-long political drama the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly finally reaches to a conclusion amid separate claims from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peoples Conference (PC) to form a government. Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the house exercising his powers.

J&K state assembly dissolved; Congress defines decision unconstitutional

Earlier, former Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti claimed to have support of fifteen MLAs from National Conference and twelve ffrom Congress. Her party has 29 MLAs and so the total count is 56.

To form a government a party needs 44 MLAs out of 87 seats.

Meanwhile, PC chief Sajad Lone said to have support of 25 MLAs from BJP and 18 more from other parties. His party has just two MLAs.

National Conference leader and former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah said, “The NC has been pressing for Assembly dissolution for five months now. It can’t be a coincidence that within minutes of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba’s letter staking claim the order to dissolve the Assembly suddenly appears.”

The decision of governor Malik is unconstitutional and undemocratic, said senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz suggesting Mufti should approach court against it.

Congress president G.A. Mir said the decision now opens options of horse trading.

The governor has dissolved the Assembly till 2020.

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