New Delhi: Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone distanced the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to dissolve the state assembly saying,”If they wanted to intervene, they could have helped us but they left it to the Governor to take a decision.” Lone also dared the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP to approach court and challenge Malik’s decision to dissolve the House.
“Let them approach the Supreme Court and get this (dissolution of the Assembly) reversed. It will be a blessing in disguise for us,” Lone said, while speaking to a leading daily. “I am confident they will not have the requisite numbers. Their sole aim is to save their families (Muftis and Abdullahs) from rebellion against their leadership,” Lone further told The Indian Express.
J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly on Wednesday evening after Peoples’ Democratic Party 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. They 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.
After facing flak, Malik defended his action saying the alliance between the former rival parties was opportunistic and not in the interest of the state. But 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 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.