New Delhi, June 19: Omar Abdullah, Jammu & Kashmir National Conference leader, on Tuesday, met Governor NN Vohra soon after the People Democratic Party’s (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation as CM of J&K. The move came shortly after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that it is pulling out of their “untenable” alliance with the PDP. Speaking at a press conference after meeting Vohra, Omar Abdullah said that the party will not back the PDP to form a government in the state saying that it didn’t have the mandate in 2014.
“I met Governor. I told him that National conference didn’t receive mandate to form govt in 2014 and we don’t have mandate in 2018 also. We haven’t been approached & we aren’t approaching anyone,” he said. (Also Read: Rocky Relationship That Wasn’t Meant to be?)
The former CM also said that since no party has the clear mandate to form the government, Governor NN Vohra should impose the Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. “I have told Governor that since no party has the mandate to form the government, he will have to impose Governor rule in the state,” he said.
Emphasising that the people of the state should be given a chance to choose their government, Abdullah said, “We also requested the Governor that Governor rule should not remain imposed for a long time period. After all, people have the right to choose their government. Fresh elections should take place and we will accept the mandate of the people.”
On being asked about the PDP-BJP alliance split in the state, he maintained that the party isn’t celebrating the situation even though they were expecting that the alliance will break apart.
“We are mourning the demise of democracy in the state. We are not celebrating this situation. It’s the governor’s decision to dissolve the assembly, not mine. If you don’t think the situation is dire in J&K after what has happened, then I don’t know what constitutes as dire,” he said.
Omar Abdullah further added that “Mehbooba Mufti should have pulled out of the alliance, not the BJP”. She should have taken the decision earlier, rather than having the rug pulled out from under her,” says Omar Abdullah.
Earlier in the day, BJP pulled out of the alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir saying it is “untenable” for the coalition to continue. “Keeping in mind larger interest of India’s security and integrity, fact is that J&K is an integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state we have decided that the reigns of power in the state be handed over to the Governor,” Ram Madhav said, adding,”Our efforts to fight terrorism will continue.”