Governor’s decision to dissolve Assembly undemocratic: JKPCC

Srinagar, Nov 22 (UNI) Terming the decision of the Governor to dissolve J&K Legislative Assembly on Wednesday night as ‘undemocratic’, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief alleged that Governor kept the House in suspended animation to “facilitate horse-trading” by the BJP and its allies to form government in the state.

“It was an undemocratic decision by the Governor Satya Pal Malik when three parties–Congress, NC and PDP–came together to stake claim for the government. It is simple murder of democracy in this sensitive state,” JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir told reporters during a press conference here on Thursday.

“We had repeatedly asked the Governor to dissolve the Assembly as no one was staking claim to form a government in the state. He assured us a number of times that he is looking into matter and will as soon as possible initiate a process for Assembly elections,” Mr Mir said.

“But he has been favouring BJP. He was facilitating the BJP and its allies in Kashmir so that they should bulldoze other parties, arrange numbers through horse trading and allow them to form the government,” he alleged.

He said the previous Governor N N Vohra had only continued with the salaries of the MLAs and stopped Constituency Development Funds (CDF), administrative interference of the legislators during the suspended animation of the Assembly.

But, he said, the first step Mr Malik took was to give legislators all powers back. “It was done to indirectly benefit MLAs from a particular area on the behest of BJP. It was done so that these MLAs remain a part of the Governor-run government in the state,” he said.

“The Governor’s rule is going to end next month and President’s rule will be imposed in the state. Maximum six months after the implementation of President’s rule, the Assembly has to be dissolved.

But the Governor has said that he can keep the assembly in the suspended state till December 2020,” he said, adding there was no such precedence in anywhere in the country, let along in J&K, which has its own constitution.

Mr Mir said the decision to dissolve the Assembly after the PDP, Congress and NC alliance staked claim raised questions about the Governor’s office.

Mr Malik had dissolved the state Assembly on Wednesday night claiming “extensive horse-trading” and the “impossibility” of forming a stable government by coming together of political parties with “opposing political ideologies”.

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