New Delhi: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that interfering in constitutional organisations’ work is not BJP’s work culture. His reaction came days after governor Satya Pal Malik had abruptly dissolved the state assembly after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival National Conference (NC) and the Congress. Also Read - Will Himanta Sarma Outplay Sonowal to Become Assam CM? Crucial Decision Today
Singh said, “It’s not in BJP’s work culture to interfere in constitutional organisations’ work. It was Governor’s discretion and we’ve to trust that but if you don’t want to its democracy and doors of the judiciary are open. But they don’t have faith in themselves.” Also Read - Deploy Resources in Saving Lives Instead of Building PM's New House: Priyanka Gandhi
Satya Pal Malik’s faced lot of criticism for his decision of dissolving the state assembly. Defending his decision, Malik had said that he acted in the state’s interest and according to its constitution. A lot of horse trading was happening, Malik had said, adding that he would not allow a government by defections.
He had dismissed allegations that he was acting on the Centre’s directions and said had this been the case, their side (BJP, People’s Conference) would have been called for government formation. The governor said that those who wanted to move to the court could do so. “For the past 15 to 20 days, I have been getting reports of large-scale horse trading. MLAs are being threatened and several types of underhanded dealings are going on,” Malik had told reporters. Meanwhile, veteran politician Sharad Yadav had called the dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir assembly a “murder of democracy”.
The parties had claimed the support of 56 lawmakers in the 87-member state assembly. 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.
A major row 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.