Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over People’s Democratic Party (PDP’s) alliance with National Conference (NC) and Congress. Abdullah asked the saffron party if PDP’s alliance with BJP wasn’t terror-friendly?Also Read - Mobile Data Services Suspended In Rajouri District Ahead Of Amit Shah's Public Rally

He also hit out at Governor Satya Pal Malik over the latter’s sudden decision to dissolve the state Assembly on Wednesday. Speaking to media persons, the NC veteran said that he had hopes from the Governor, but he ‘turned out to be another slave of the Centre’. Also Read - Adipurush in Trouble After BJP Slams Director For ‘Misrepresentation of Ramayana’

Terming the development in Jammu and Kashmir as “sad”, the former chief minister demanded that the post of Governor should be looked into. Also Read - WATCH: Rahul Gandhi Addresses Public Rally Amid Rain In Mysuru, Sonia Gandhi To Join Bharat Jodo Yatra On Thursday

“I had a lot of hopes from this Governor, but this is very sad. He has turned out to be another slave of the Centre. The post of Governor needs to be looked into. Why did he wait five months to dissolve Assembly?” said Farooq Abdullah.

After Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday dissolved the state assembly in a move intended to nip the efforts by PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival National Conference and its old ally Congress.

Malik cited four main reasons for dissolving the Assembly with immediate effect, including “extensive horse-trading and possible exchange of money” and the “impossibility” of forming a stable government by parties with “opposing political ideologies”.

Governor Malik’s decision has left the opposition fuming, which termed the move “unconstitutional” and alleged that the Governor dissolving the assembly was on BJP’s directions, which is feeling jitters due to the alliance.

On the other hand, the BJP welcomed the decision and said the best option in Jammu and Kashmir is to have fresh assembly polls at the earliest as it slammed the proposed alliance of opposition parties as a “combination of terror-friendly parties”.

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 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti wrote to 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, a former chief minister, said.

Things moved swiftly thereafter with Sajad Lone, leader of the People’s Conference, which has one MLA besides him, also sending a WhatsApp communication to Malik from midair staking his claim for government formation with the support of the 25-member BJP and “more than 18 other elected members” whose names he did not provide.

The Governor, who had declared days ago that the assembly would not be dissolved, then lost no time in going for dissolution invoking the relevant sections of the state constitution.

The dissolution paves the way for fresh elections in the state amid speculation that it could be held with the Lok Sabha polls due early next year.

The six-month tenure of the governor’s rule ends on December 18 which will be followed by President’s rule. The state assembly’s tenure was till October 2020.

Governor’s rule was clamped in the state on June 19 for a 6-month period following the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti after the saffron party withdrew support.

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  • 8:28 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: The dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly after three major parties had come together to form the government in the state amounts to “killing” of democracy, alleges Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav.

  • 7:55 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: J&K Governor has turned out to be another slave of the Centre, said Farooq Abdullah.

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  • 7:03 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: Just for information; Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party has not met formally to build any consensus on the issue of approaching the court. No meeting regarding the same said JKPDP chief spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir.

  • 6:16 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: Congress national spokesperson Manish Tewari condemned the dissolving of J&K Assembly, saying Governor Satyapal Malik acted on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PMO.

  • 6:11 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: Jammu and Kashmir Congress Committee President GA Mir said that BJP has the habit of labelling people as anti-national, pro-Pakistani who do not support them.

  • 3:35 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: Heartily welcome Kartarpur initiative, it will ease the situation between the two neighbours. J&K has been waiting for similar large heartedness since the last 70 years. Need to carry forward Vajpayee ji initiative and open all the routes across LOC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • 3:27 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: India is a great country and democracy is a battle of ideas. Let’s not make a mockery of those very institutions and people said Mufti.

  • 3:26 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: But just because our MLAs had enough integrity to stand up to your failed attempts of defection, they are now anti-nationalistic, asks Mufti.

  • 3:25 PM IST

    J&K Assembly Dissolution Live Updates: Both PDP and NC have been allies of BJP at some point. Strange that our credentials weren’t questioned then, says Mufti.