New Delhi: Narendra Modi-led Centre wanted me to appoint Sajad Lone as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, revealed Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday.”If I had listened to ‘Delhi’, I would have become dishonest in the history”, said Malik at an event in Gwalior. Notably, Malik’s admission came days after he dissolved the J&K Assembly after Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti staked claim to form a government along with the support of her arch-rival Omar Abdullah’s National Conference (NC) and the Congress. Also Read - Low-intensity IED Explodes in Kashmir's Pulwama; Area Cordoned Off, Probe Underway, Say Police
Later, he took an u-turn, while speaking to a news channel and said that there was no political pressure or interference from the Centre. Also Read - Video: Farooq Abdullah Grooves to Tunes of 'Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche' With Amarinder Singh at Wedding
Earlier, the mainstream political parties in the state had tried to corner Malik and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) over the decision to dissolve the state Assembly but Malik defended his action and said that the alliance between the former rival parties was opportunistic and not in the interest of the state. Also Read - US Welcomes Steps Taken To Return J&K To Full Economic And Political Normalcy
A major row also broke out over BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav’s allegations that the PDP, NC and the Congress came together at the behest of Pakistan, a remark he withdrew following stiff opposition.
Reacting sharply to Ram Madhav’s comment, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had said, “It is unfortunate that a senior BJP leader has said that we got instructions from Pakistan. I challenge Ram Madhav and his associates to prove this with evidence. You are disrespecting the sacrifices of my colleagues who refused to dance to Pakistan’s instructions and died.” Following the dare, Madhav took to Twitter and retracted his statement while issuing an apology on the same.