SC Dismisses PIL Challenging Dissolution of J&K Assembly

PDP’s Altaf Bukhari is expected to be the consensus CM candidate of the PDP-Congress-NC alliance.

Updated10 Dec 2018, 07:44 AM IST
Politics
12 min read

The Supreme Court, on Monday, 10 December dismissed a PIL challenging the dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly by Governor Satya Pal Malik.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had said that he dissolved the J&K Assembly as he could not have allowed horse-trading in the Valley. He had earlier said that parties with opposing ideologies cannot form an alliance.

The state plunged into political crisis on Wednesday, 21 November, when Malik dissolved the Assembly after PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and Peoples Conference leader Sajjad Lone staked their respective claims to form the government in the state.

Snapshot
  • Omar Abdullah says he wants to save Jammu and Kashmir, rubbishing the governor’s horse-trading claims
  • The BJP held a meeting regarding the dissolution of J&K Assembly in Jammu, a PDP meeting is also expected to take place later in the day
  • PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti had written a letter to the J&K governor staking claim to form the government in alliance with the NC and Congress
  • Sajjad Lone also wrote to the governor staking claim to form the government with the support of BJP and 18 other MLAs

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11:13 AM, 21 Nov
KEY EVENT

Omar Abdullah's Offers Some Twitter Amusement Amid Reports of Alliance Formation

Amid reports of the PDP, Congress and the National Conference forming an alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, NC leader Omar Abdullah tweeted:

11:22 AM, 21 Nov

NC to Support Alliance from Outside: Report

According to sources cited by The Indian Express, the National Conference would support the alliance from outside and won’t be part of the government, despite Mehbooba Mufti wanting Farooq Abudllah to be the leader of the coalition.

“The alliance would likely be announced by the evening and after that, the alliance partners would meet governor and stake claim.”
PDP leader to The Indian Express
11:45 AM, 21 Nov
KEY EVENT

What's the Political Dynamic in J&K?

The reported efforts by the PDP, Congress and NC to form an alliance is said to be geared towards thwarting any attempts of the BJP to support a third front for government formation in the state, where Governor's rule would be ending next month.

As per constitutional provisions, the state will have to be placed under President's rule next month unless the Governor is convinced that a viable government can be formed.

Dissidents of the PDP supported by Sajad Lone's Peoples Conference have been speaking of a government formation in the state with the support of the BJP ever since Governor's rule was imposed.

Sajad Lone has been emerging as the leader of a possible third front that could. in the future, provide an alternative to the PDP and NC.

Senior PDP leader and Lok Sabha member Muzaffar Hussain Baig ruffled feathers on Tuesday when he expressed his willingness to join Sajad Lone if a third front was formed in the state.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that even if the state was placed under President's rule next month, the state Assembly would not be dissolved.

The Assembly is presently under suspended animation. As long as the Assembly remains intact, there remains a possibility of different political parties trying their luck at government formation even if that means taking arch political rivals on board.

(With inputs from IANS)

12:32 PM, 21 Nov

'Congress, PDP and NC Have Agreed to Make a Coalition': PDP's Altaf Bukhari

Senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday said that the PDP, the NC and the Congress have agreed to form an alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

Media reports indicated that Bukhari will be the consensus CM candidate of the alliance.

“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 the good news.”
PDP leader Altaf Bukhari to ANI

A source cited by PTI said the NC is willing to extend support to the PDP for forming the government for now, but wants early dissolution of the Assembly, kept in suspended animation since imposition of Governor's Rule on 19 June, and eventually an election.

“The aim is to pave way for fresh polls in the state so that an elected government takes charge and the political uncertainty due to the Governor’s Rule is put to an end.”
Source cited by PTI

A senior Congress leader in Srinagar told PTI that his party, in principle, supports any alliance that will "keep communal forces" at bay.

"We have been working for a grand alliance at the national level and there is no reason why we oppose any such move in the state as the aim is to keep communal forces out," said the leader


Published: 21 Nov 2018, 10:43 AM IST
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