Standing by his decision to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, despite an alliance of PDP, NC and Congress staking claim to form the government, state Governor Satyapal Malik in an exclusive to Republic TV has reiterated that the 'Kashmir Front' government wouldn't have 'even lasted 4 days'.
The decision to dissolve the government came soon after former state CM Mehbooba Mufti sent a letter to Raj Bhavan, seeking claim to form the government. The opposition has accused Governor and BJP of trying to 'murder the democracy' with this 'unconstitutional' move.
But the Governor believes he had to dissolve the assembly given the three parties coming together were not 'like minded' while adding that the step was important to take. He said,
"They are creating noise now. From the past 5 months, they were telling me to dissolve the assembly. But I was just against it because with the dissolvement of assembly MLAs will not get funds to work in favour of people of J&K. But now, from the past one week, there was a serious thing of horse trading going on. Even Mehbooba said that there are people who wants to break her party. There is nothing common between them (NC and PDP). They will not be able to run the govt even for four days. That's why I dissolved the assembly. They are power hungry. They wanted to dissolve this assembly only. My staff was not there yesterday. It's wrong that they are saying I intentionally did not meet them."
There has been reports that the elections may very well take place in the state at the very same time when General elections are held. But Satyapal has mentioned that the polls may be held very soon.
"Elections will happen soon. They were even against Panchayat elections, how can they even support assembly elections now? I exercised my power and dissolved this assembly," he added.
On Wednesday, PDP confirmed that they, with support of NC and Congress are planning to form the government. Hours after this announcement, former CM Mehbooba Mufti sent a letter to the Governor's office seeking claim to form the government. But in parallel, Handwara MLA Sajad Lone, backed by BJP, also sought the same and sent a letter to Raj Bhavan.