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.