Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Raj Bhawan Public Relations Officer (PRO) cleared the air over the entire matter regarding the dissolving of the state Assembly and said that Governor Satyapal Malik was not pressurised from the Centre in any which way.

The development came after J&K Governor Malik alleged that Narendra Modi-led Centre wanted him to appoint Sajad Lone as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and hence he took the decision of dissolving the assembly.

Malik had said, “If I had listened to ‘Delhi’, I would have become dishonest in the history”, 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.

On the other hand, NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti congratulated J-K Governor Satya Pal Malik for not looking to Delhi on the government formation in the state and stopping the installation of a BJP government.

“My compliments to Governor Malik for not looking to Delhi & for not taking their instructions thereby stopping the installation of a government of the BJP and it’s proxies formed by horse trading, defections & use of money,” Omar wrote on his Twitter handle.

In a tweet, Mehbooba Mufti said it was good to see that the governor refused to “take dictation from Delhi”.

Malik later took a U-turn, while speaking to a news channel and said that there was no political pressure or interference from the Centre.