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  • 10:59 PM IST

    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: “If Governor would have called us for floor test, we would’ve shown our members. Now situation is different. Election is the only option. If Mehbooba Ji thinks it’s undemocratic, she has a lot of options in this democratic country,” said PDP rebel MLA Imran Ansari on dissolution of J&K Assembly.

  • 10:57 PM IST

    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: BJP welcomes the decision taken by the J&K Governor. Once again, NC, Congress and PDP hatched a conspiracy in the state that would have done injustice to Jammu and Ladakh. Will they form alliance before elections, asks BJP State president Ravinder Raina on dissolution of Assembly.

  • 10:38 PM IST
    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: Omar Abdullah wishes good luck to Mehbooba Mufti for the battle ahead, while retweeting a tweet posted by her.

  • 10:20 PM IST

    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: The Trinamool Congress criticised the sudden dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Wednesday night and accused the BJP of having no respect for the constitution. “The BJP have no respect for the constitution and destroying every institution in the country,” TMC national spokesperson and leader of Rajya Sabha parliamentary party Derek O’ Brien told PTI.

  • 10:10 PM IST

    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: Mufti, adding further, posted, “Since the past five months, regardless of political affiliations, we shared the view that the state assembly be dissolved immediately to avert horse trading & defections. Oddly enough our pleas fell on deaf ears. But who would have thought that the very idea of a grand coalition would give such jitters.”

  • 10:10 PM IST
    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: Other tweets posted by Mehbooba Mufti After Governor’s decision to dissolve Assembly.

  • 10:09 PM IST

    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: A few minutes after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the J&K Assembly, Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter and, while taking a jibe, posted, “In todays age of technology, it is very strange that the fax machine at HE Governor’s residence didn’t receive our fax but swiftly issued one regarding the assembly dissolution.”

  • 9:58 PM IST

    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: Governor’s rule was clamped in J&K on June 19 for a six-month period following the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government after the saffron party withdrew support.

  • 9:57 PM IST

    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: The Election Commission will examine whether the model code of conduct can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir even before fresh elections are announced there, a senior official said on Wednesday after the Governor dissolved J&K Assembly.

  • 9:51 PM IST
    Jammu and Kashmir Politics Live: Here is the letter sent by Sajad Lone to Governor Satya Pal Malik’s PA on WhatsApp.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday dissolved the state Legislative Assembly a few hours after Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti wrote to him staking claim to form government. She also claimed that the Congress and National Conference have decided to extend support to the PDP. Notably, the PDP has 28 MLAs, followed by NC with 15 and Congress with 12 which makes up for a clear majority. The step is being seen as an attempt by the Opposition parties to thwart Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chances to return to power in the state. Also Read - J&K Admin Asks Staff to Attend Work From Today, Order Doesn't Go Down Well With Lower-rung Employees

“You might have gathered from media reports that Congress and NC have decided to extend support to our party to form government,” Mufti wrote to the Governor while staking claim to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - Shah Faesal, 2 PDP Leaders to be Released Soon as J-K Administration Revokes Public Safety Act Against Them

The development came a few hours after a party leader Altaf Bukhari had announced that the party has decided to get into an alliance with the Congress and National Conference (NC). ““My leadership has confirmed it to us that the three parties (Congress, PDP and NC) have agreed to make a coalition to defend the special identity of the state politically and legally. Very soon you will get a good news,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Notably, the state is currently under Governor’s rule which cannot be extended after it completes its six-month period on December 19. It is proposed to impose President’s rule thereafter. A government headed by the PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti fell when its partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the ruling coalition on June 16.

As claimed by sources earlier in the day, if the deal is sealed then Mehbooba Mufti is unlikely to be the chief minister but the government may be headed by a senior PDP leader.

The PDP and Congress have been partners in a government between 2002 and 2007, earlier.