J&K Assembly dissolved amid conflicting reports over Govt formation


JAMMU: Governor, S P Malik dissolved the State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday under the relevant provisions in Jammu and Kashmir Constitution after rival alliances led by PDP chief, Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone staked claim to form Government in the State.
While Sajjad Lone claimed he has the support of 26 BJP legislators and 18 others, which would cross the majority mark of 44, People’s Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti said she has the support of the Congress and the National Conference, taking their collective total to 56.
The State will now be placed under President’s Rule on December 20, after the six month tenure of Governor’s Rule comes to an end.“With the dissolution of Assembly, the Lower House will cease to exist while Upper House will remain intact. But session of the Council can’t be held in absence of Legislative Assembly. However, MLCs will continue to enjoy all their powers including usage of Constituency Development Fund (CDF)”, sources said.
Reacting to the development, NC leader Omar Abdullah tweeted: “NC has been pressing for dissolution for five months now. It can’t be a coincidence that within minutes of Mehbooba Mufti’s letter staking claim, the order to dissolve Assembly suddenly appears”.
“J&K Raj Bhavan needs a new fax machine urgently”, Omar wrote in an indirect reference to failure of the fax machine in Raj Bhavan to receive the letter of PDP president staking claim for Government formation.
The 87 member position of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly stands as PDP has 28 legislators, Congress 12 and the National Conference 15. The BJP is the second largest party in the State with 25 members while Sajjad Lone’s People Conference (PC) has only two MLAs and the mark needed to form the Government is 44 and the three parties together will have majority in the 87-member House.