The move by the Governor to introduce another law under his tenure — now for his own security — has been questioned by political leaders, who described it as 'ironic' and an attempt to create 'a great wall of China around himself'.
The reason for the focus on the Resettlement Law case is the apprehension among J&K’s political parties that, like in the case related to Article 35A, the Governor’s administration would “dilute” the stance of successive state governments in the court.
PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti described it as a “disturbing step to snatch every bit of autonomy that our institutions have”. Sajad Lone of People’s Conference said his party’s economic philosophy is decentralisation and total liberalisation.
“It will be a blessing in disguise for us. I am confident they will not have the requisite numbers. I don’t think they will approach the court because their sole aim is to save their families (Muftis and Abdullahs) from rebellion against their leadership”.
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
Mehbooba Mufti said: “We are in good spirits. We have no regrets”. She said her party did not want to attempt another government formation. “I have sent my resignation to the Governor Sahib (N N Vohra), saying we don’t want to explore any other alliance,’’ she said.