After alleging that National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party joined hands to form a government in the state at the behest of Pakistan, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has retracted his statement. Madhav said he takes back his comment as former CM Omar Abdullah had denied that there was any external pressure. He further said the two parties should contest the next elections in the state together to prove that the “love” that prompted them to form an alliance was genuine.
The development came after Abdullah ‘dared’ Madhav to prove his allegations and put the evidence in public domain or “be man enough” to apologise. Earlier in the day, Madhav alleged that the PDP and the NC boycotted the local body polls last month because they had “instructions from across the border”.
Read | The political drama in J&K
On Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the legislative assembly minutes after Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP staked claim to form the government with the support of Congress and National Conference. The BJP has called for an urgent meeting with all its MLAs on Thursday to decide the future course of action.
J&K Governor dissolves Assembly. Here are the highlights
J&K assembly dissolution amounts to 'killing' of democracy: Sharad Yadav
Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav alleged that the dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly after three major parties had come together to form the government in the state amounted to "killing" of democracy. In a statement, he accused the BJP of neither caring for the Constitution nor having any respect for institutions. Yadav said, "Democracy has been killed in Jammu and Kashmir by dissolving the assembly. I oppose and condemn it."
Assembly dissolution over 'opposing ideologies' for govt formation unprecedented: Expert
Former Lok Sabha secretary general and constitutional expert P D T Acharya has said that it is for the first time that an assembly has been dissolved after the governor concluded it was impossible to form a stable government by parties with "opposing political ideologies". PTI reported. Acharya said the conclusion of the governor that opposing political ideologies cannot put up a stable government was "not credible".
'BJP has a habit of labelling those who doesn't back them as anti-nationals'
The war of words between BJP and the Opposition continued, with Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president GA Mir accusing the saffron party of being in the habit of making false allegations and labelling others, who do not support them, as anti-nationals. “This has become the BJP's habit that those who support it are nationalists and those who do not support its wrong principles and policies are dubbed as anti-nationals and pro-Pakistani. Who has given you this right?” Mir asked.
The Congress leader also questioned the BJP's central leaders about their association with the separatist-turned-mainstream leader, Sajjad Gani Lone. Mir said he wanted to ask the BJP when did the combination it was pursuing and the person (Lone) whom it was projecting got de-linked from the Pakistan intelligence agency ISI. "Have you taken a certificate for him?" he asked.
J&K assembly dissolved: Centre using governors as pawns, says Pinarayi Vijayan
Commenting on the sudden dissolution of the J&K assembly, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan described the action of Governor Satyapal Malik as "undemocratic and anti-people". The governor had a constitutional obligation to allow an opportunity for the PDP to prove its claims of a majority, Vijayan said in a Facebook Post. This whole affair can be only be viewed as a "political game orchestrated by the central government using governors as pawns," he alleged.
"The Jammu & Kashmir policy of the central government is quite malevolent. The centre is using the problems of Kashmir as a means for communal polarisation. These measures will only help alienate the people there," Vijayan said.
Governor Satyapal Malik acted on directions of PM and PMO: Manish Tiwari
Congress national spokesperson Manish Tewari condemned the dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, saying Governor Satyapal Malik acted on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his office. "The Jammu and Kashmir governor has played with the Constitution of the country. The act to dissolve the assembly has been taken on the directions of the prime minister and the PMO," Tewari said at a press conference.
Ram Madhav retracts Pakistan charge after Omar Abdullah’s dare
It seems that in the latest war of words with BJP's Ram Madhav, NC chief Omar Abdullah has had the last laugh. After alleging that National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party joined hands to form a government in the state at the behest of Pakistan, Madhav has retracted his statement. Madhav said he takes back his comment as Abdullah has denied that there was any external pressure. He further said the two parties should contest the next elections in the state together to prove that the "love" that prompted them to form an alliance was genuine.
Just landed@Aizawl n saw this. Now tht u deny any external pressure I take back my comment, bt, now tht u proved it ws genuine love btw NC n PDP tht prompted a failed govt formation attempt,u shud fight nxt elections 2gether. 😂Mind u it’s pol comnt,not personal https://t.co/DsOYiwwXmo— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) November 22, 2018
Omar Abdullah: NC, PDP and Congress alliance won't benefit J&K
Addressing a press conference, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said an alliance between NC, PDP and Congress won't benefit J&K as opposition voices were essential. "Nobody ever suggested that we would be fighting polls together. This arrangement was to protect J&K from the current mess. I don't believe that NC, PDP and Congress fighting elections together will in any way benefit J&K because legitimate opposition voices are essential," he said. "We don't want to create a situation like 1987 where all political parties in Diwali come together and the only space that remains is for fringe. As I said to Mehbooba Mufti Ji on Twitter yesterday, we have to fight another day, good luck to her, good luck to us," the former CM further said.
Prove your charge on 'Pakistan' or apologise, says J&K Congress chief
After BJP general secretary Ram Madhav alleged that National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party had come together to stake claim to power on instructions from Pakistan, J&K Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir asked Madhav to prove his charge or apologise. "You have CBI, IB, RAW, Governor. So, you will have to prove this charge or else you must apologise," ANI quoted Mir as saying.
On Wednesday, hours after the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was dissolved, Madhav said, “PDP and NC had boycotted the local body polls last month because they had instructions from across the border. Probably they had fresh instructions from across the border to come together and form the government."
We don't have a case, PDP can decide if they want a legal recourse: Omar Abdullah
Legally,we don't have case to make. As I don't have a document on which to claim Guv ignored what we had to say. My conversation was with PDP. It's for PDP to decide whether it wants to take legal recourse.I didn't provide documentary support: O Abdullah on J&K assembly dissolved pic.twitter.com/wltKrto8Cg— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
Union Cabinet briefed about J&K situation
The Union Cabinet Thursday was briefed about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir where the Governor has dissolved the state assembly, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here.
Addressing the media after the Cabinet meeting here, Jaitley said, "Though Jammu and Kashmir was not on the agenda of the Cabinet meeting, members of the Cabinet were briefed about the situation."
BJP dissolved the assembly when it failed to muster majority: Ghulam Nabi Azad
For these 4-5 months, BJP tried to form their own government but they didn't have majority. So they tried to break MLAs from other parties. When they saw that another govt could have been formed, BJP dissolved the assembly: Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad on J&K assembly dissolved pic.twitter.com/jaBXoczp53— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
No issues with Governor, Centre should have dissolved assembly 5 months ago: Ghulam Nabi Azad
We don't have any complaints from Governor. He is a very nice man. We have complaints from central government that if they had to dissolve the assembly, they should've done it 4-5 months ago when they withdrew support from PDP: Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad on J&K assembly dissolved pic.twitter.com/TVUqsHEtry— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
BJP core group meeting underway
Meeting of BJP Core group over dissolution of J&K assembly underway in Jammu. BJP State president Ravinder Raina & former J&K Deputy CM Nirmal Singh present.
Jammu and Kashmir: Meeting of BJP Core group over dissolution of J&K assembly underway in Jammu. BJP State president Ravinder Raina & former J&K Deputy CM Nirmal Singh present pic.twitter.com/1Mk7caWSJD— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
Election Commission will decide when polls will be held: J&K Governor
Are govts formed through social media? I neither tweet nor see the tweets.I selected y'day for the decision (dissolution of assembly) as it was holy day,it was Eid.Election Commission will decide when polls will be held:J&K Governor on Mehbooba Mufti's tweet of letter sent to him pic.twitter.com/OqeaAoTA2B— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
PDP was demanding dissolution since 5 months, can go to court: Guv Satya Pal Malik
Why will they go to court? They were demanding this since five months. I want that they go to court, it's their right, they should go: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on reports that PDP will approach court against dissolution of #JammuAndKashmir assembly pic.twitter.com/BWpKFitJrq— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
NC, PDP will not contest elections together: Omar Abdullah
Mention of horse trading in the Governor’s communique is crucial: Omar Abdullah
It’s the first time that a fax machine has been a hurdle to democracy: Omar Abdullah
Won't allow horse trading in the state: Guv Satya Pal Malik
I've been receiving complaints for past 15 days of horse trading & that MLAs are being threatened. Mehbooba Ji herself complained that her MLAs are being threatened.The other party said there is planning of distribution of money.I couldn't have allowed this to happen:J&K Governor pic.twitter.com/dClcBtc9Sj— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
I am not in favour of any govt formed in state: Guv Satya Pal Malik
I have been saying it since day one of my appointment as Governor that I'm not in favour of any govt formed in the state with underhand defection & horse trading. I would instead want that elections are held & selected government rules the state: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik pic.twitter.com/2r5qOAs9TZ— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
Place the evidence of your allegation of NC boycott of ULB polls at Pak: Omar Abdullah to Ram Madhav
No, misplaced attempts at humour won’t work. You HAVE claimed my party has been acting at the behest of Pakistan. I dare you to prove it! Place the evidence of your allegation of NC boycott of ULB polls at Pak behest in public domain. It’s an open challenge to you & your Govt. https://t.co/7cumKwKxuM— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 22, 2018
I dare you to prove your allegations: Omar Abdullah to Ram Madhav
I dare you @rammadhavbjp ji to prove your allegation. You have RAW, NIA & IB at your command (CBI too is your parrot) so have the guts to place evidence in the public domain. Either prove this or be man enough to apologise. Don’t practice shoot & scoot politics. https://t.co/KEbOo0z6O2— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 22, 2018
NC, PDP got instructions from across the border to ally and form govt: Ram Madhav
PDP&NC boycotted local body polls last month because they had instructions from across the border.Probably they had fresh instructions from across the border to come together & form govt.What they did prompted Guv to look into the whole issue: Ram Madhav on J&K assembly dissolved.
PDP&NC boycotted local body polls last month because they had instructions from across the border.Probably they had fresh instructions from across the border to come together & form govt.What they did prompted Guv to look into the whole issue: Ram Madhav on J&K assembly dissolved pic.twitter.com/f0wPQbzqrD— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
Omar Abdullah to initiate legal action against BJP over ‘terror-friendly’ parties remark
Upset with the BJP terming the three parties who had come together to form a new coalition in Jammu-Kashmir as “terror-friendly” parties, National Conference leader and former state chief minister Omar Abdullah says his party will take legal action against BJP.
“This is ridiculous, to say the least. It is outright defamatory. It is too much now. They (BJP) had nothing to say in response to us so they make this defamatory allegation. Till yesterday, they were partners of PDP. READ MORE
Constitutional experts divided over Governor’s move
Former secretary-general of the Lok Sabha Subhash Kashyap said: “This (dissolution) is well within his jurisdiction if he is convinced that it is not possible to form a stable government. The Constitution gives him the power to dissolve the assembly and order fresh elections. After all, he has waited for several months and now there is an attempt to cobble together a government through horse-trading." READ MORE
BJP calls meeting with MLAs today
The BJP has called for an important meeting with all its MLAs today and we will decide the future course of action, BJP State president Ravinder Raina told ANI.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for an important meeting with all its MLAs today and we will decide the future course of action. We wish that the Assembly elections in J&K should be conducted along with the Parliament elections: BJP State president Ravinder Raina pic.twitter.com/1PNTl4G2OH— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
How PDP, NC and Congress struck a deal
Sources close to leaders involved in the parleys told The Indian Express that the PDP and the NC had no choice but to negotiate a new coalition to keep out the BJP and especially Sajad Lone. They added the Congress too felt that the new alliance would send the right message nationwide ahead of elections, and help it consolidate in Jammu where BJP routed it in the 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. READ MORE
Making of an unlikely alliance
What made arch rivals NC and PDP come together along with Congress, how their alliance forced the Centre’s hand, and why the 3 parties will still look to use the Assembly dissolution to their advantage. Read to know more
J&K Governor Satyapal Malik lists reasons why he dissolved the legislative assembly
JK Governor statement:
The Governor, Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Satya Pal Malik, today issued an order dissolving the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect. The Governor came to this conclusion based on the material available to him from multiple sources. The main reasons because of which the Governor arrived at this decision are :
i) The impossibility of forming a stable government by the coming together of political parties with opposing political ideologies including some which have been demanding dissolution of the Assembly; whereas the experience of the past few years shows that with the fractured mandate that is there in the Assembly, it is not possible to form a stable government comprising of like-minded parties. The coming together of such parties in a grouping is nothing but an attempt to gain power rather than to form a responsive government.
ii) Reports of extensive horse trading and possible exchange of money in order to secure the support of legislators belonging to widely diverging political ideologies just to be able to form a government. Such activities are not healthy for democracy and vitiate the political process.
iii) Serious doubts about the longevity of any such arrangement where there are competing claims of majority. iv) The fragile security scenario in the state of Jammu and Kashmir where there is a need to have a stable and supportive environment for security forces which are engaged in extensive anti-militancy operations and are gradually gaining control over the security situation. The Governor came to the conclusion that, in this background, he has satisfied himself that the best course of action is to dissolve the assembly so as to provide stability and security to the state and hold elections at an appropriate time so that a government with a clear mandate is duly formed.
Would have shown numbers if called for floor test: PDP rebel MLA
If Governor would have called us for floor test,we would've shown our members. Now situation is different.Election is the only option. If Mehbooba Ji thinks it's undemocratic, she has a lot of options in this democratic country:PDP rebel MLA Imran Ansari on J&K assembly dissolved pic.twitter.com/Jnxh33qIrC— ANI (@ANI) November 21, 2018
Once again, NC, Congress & PDP hatched conspiracy in J&K that would have done injustice to state: BJP State president Ravinder Raina
BJP welcomes the decision taken by the J&K Governor. Once again, NC, Congress & PDP hatched a conspiracy in Jammu & Kashmir that would have done injustice to Jammu and Ladakh. Will they form alliance before elections?: BJP State president Ravinder Raina on J&K assembly dissolved pic.twitter.com/0RxpoeWguy— ANI (@ANI) November 21, 2018
EC to examine whether model code can be imposed in J& K immediately
The Election Commission will examine whether the model code of conduct can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir even before fresh elections are announced there. The poll panel had recently decided that in states where assemblies are dissolved prematurely, the model code will come into force immediately.
The poll code, which bars the caretaker government and the party in power from taking policy decisions, otherwise comes into force the day polls are announced by the EC.
TMC crticises Guv's move, accuses BJP of having no respect for Constitution
The Trinamool Congress criticised the sudden dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Wednesday night and accused the BJP of having no respect for the constitution.
"The BJP have no respect for the constitution and destroying every institution in the country," TMC national spokesperson and leader of Rajya Sabha parliamentary party Derek O' Brien told PTI.
Guv didn't receive our fax but swiftly issued one regarding dissolution: Mehbooba Mufti
PS - In todays age of technology, it is very strange that the fax machine at HE Governor’s residence didn’t receive our fax but swiftly issued one regarding the assembly dissolution. 🤔4/4— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) November 21, 2018
'I thought I had seen it all': Mehbooba Mufti on Guv's decision to dissolve assembly
Taking a jibe at Governor's decision to dissolve the assembly, Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in series of tweet said, " in my twenty six year old career as a politician, I thought I had seen it all! But like they say never say never! Nevertheless, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Omar Abdullah and Ambika soni4 for helping us achieve the seemingly impossible."
She added saying "our pleas fell on deaf ears."
Oddly enough our pleas fell on deaf ears. But who would have thought that the very idea of a grand coalition would give such jitters. 3/4— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) November 21, 2018
Since the past five months, regardless of political affiliations, we shared the view that the state assembly be dissolved immediately to avert horse trading & defections. 2/4— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) November 21, 2018
J&K Guv dissolves assembly: What will happen now?
After the J&K governor dissolved the state assembly, which has been in suspended animation, shortly after rival alliances staked claim to form the government, the state is now headed for another spell of central rule beyond December 18 when the governor's rule comes to an end.