Jammu and Kashmir plunged into political crisis on Wednesday, 21 November, when Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly after the PDP and NC staked claim to form the government.

SC Dismisses PIL Challenging Dissolution of J&K Assembly

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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.

  • 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

SC Dismisses PIL Challenging Dissolution of J&K Assembly

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

“We are not inclined to interfere (with the decision of the Governor).”
SC Bench, comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi and SK Kaul

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by BJP leader Gagan Bhagat, who was an MLA before the Assembly was dissolved.

"Your Fax Machine Wasn't Working Properly": Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah responded to Satya Pal Malik’s comment on Saturday, in which the J&K governor said that PDP president and ex-chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, and NC vice president Omar Abdullah could have easily contacted him if they were serious about forming a government.

Peoples Conference Leader Sajjad Lone Addresses Media Amid J&K Power Struggle

Sajjad Lone, while addressing the media in Srinagar, alleged that if aligning with BJP is a crime, then it is Omar Abdullah who first committed this crime.

“If aligning with BJP is a crime, then it is Omar Abdullah who first committed this crime. He was once the poster boy of NDA. Madam Sahiba (Mehbooba Mufti) was also in power with them for 3 years. But when we do it, it's wrong,” he said.

Sajjat Lone addresses media Oo J&K govt formation in Srinagar

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Happy to Get Dynastic Parties Together: Sajjad Lone

Peoples Conference Leader Sajjad Lone has stated that he is happy to have managed to get erstwhile arch rivals NC and PDP on the same page.

“If they (PDP) are so aggrieved they can go to the court but they will not because they don't have the numbers but we are happy that we got these dynastic parties together,” Lone told ANI.

“We staked the claim as we had the numbers. Had there been a floor test or had we been told to bring in the numbers, then that which is within the purview of the constitution would have happened,” People's Conference chief said.

NC-PDP's Can Move to Court, Blessing in Disguise for Us: Lone

National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party’s decision to move to court against the dissolution of the House will prove to be a “blessing in disguise”, said Sajjad Lone, Peoples Conference Leader, in an interview to The Indian Express.

According to Lone, BJP-supported combination was in favour of a floor test because he’s confident he has the requisite numbers.

“It will be a blessing in disguise for us. I am confident they will not have the requisite numbers,” Lone told The Indian Express.

Let them approach the Supreme Court and get this (dissolution of the Assembly) reversed. 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.
Sajjad Lone, Peoples Conference Leader