New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik came in for praise from PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah for “not looking to Delhi” on 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 & it’s proxies formed by horse trading, defections & use of money,” Omar wrote on his Twitter handle.
The National Conference leader expressed amusement over the remarks made by Malik in Gwalior the other day.
“I really don’t know what to make of Governor Sb revelations in Gwalior. We know the BJP & it’s proxies were desperate to form a government through horse trading & use of money but we’ve also never known a politically appointed governor going against the wishes of the Centre,” Omar tweeted.
Mufti said the governor’s decision to refuse to “take dictation” from Delhi was unprecedented. “Leaving aside the fax machine fiasco, good to see that the governor refused to take dictation from Delhi, rather opted for dissolution of the assembly. This could be unprecedented, given the story of democracy in the state,” she tweeted.
Addressing a function in Gwalior on Saturday, the governor reportedly said he dissolved the state Assembly as he did not want to go down in history as a “dishonest man”.
During a pre-convocation academic conclave of ITM University in Gwalior, Malik said,”Delhi ki taraf dekhta toh muje Lone ki sarkar banana padhti aur mein ithihas mein ek bayiman aadmi ke tor pe jata…(Had I looked to Delhi, I would have had to install a government led by Lone, and history would have remembered me as a dishonest man).”
“Therefore, I ended up the matter. Whosoever wants to scold, can do so now but I am convinced that whatever I did, was right,” he said in his address after noted journalist Ravish Kumar had pointed out in his speech about faulty fax machine.
However, Raj Bhavan spokesperson in Jammu Tuesday clarified that the governor while taking the decision to dissolve the J and K Legislative Assembly on the night of November 21 acted in an “objective and impartial” manner.
“There was no pressure or any kind of intervention from the Centre in the entire matter,” he said in a press statement.
The praise from Mufti and Abdullah for the Governor came as a sharp change of instance as the two had earlier accused the governor of trying to help the centre’s ruling BJP and had questioned repeatedly why a fax machine at his did not work when Mufti was trying to send her letter claiming support.
Malik abruptly dissolved the Assembly after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of arch rival NC and the Congress. Mehbooba claimed the support of 57 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly.
The PDP claim was quickly followed by another bid from the Shajad Lone-led People’s Conference which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 legislators from other parties. The BJP had 25 MLAs while the strength of the People’s Conference was 2.
At the Gwalior event, Malik said that without seeking any advice or direction or holding any discussion with Delhi, he took the decision of dissolving the assembly.
The governor noted that Lone had been saying he had sent his letter on WhatsApp and Mufti said she tweeted staking claim for government formation.
“I never knew that governments were formed on WhatsApp and tweet messages. Staking claim for the formation of the government are not made on WhatsApp,” he said.