A day after dissolving the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, Governor Satya Pal Malik Thursday justified his decision claiming that MLAs were getting terrorist threats and even directions on government formation.
“I had been receiving reports from several quarters, comprising intelligence agencies, for the last week to ten days that in efforts to form the government, the atmosphere has been made vicious,” Malik said.
This was in reference to accusations by the People Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) that dissolution of the Assembly was the murder of democracy in the state.
About PDP and NC leaders’ charge that the Governor’s House did not getMehbooba Mufti’s fax Wednesday staking claim to form the government, Malik said that his office was closed on account of Eid. He added there was no one in his office to even serve him food and that the leaders could have sent it to him a day earlier.
“Even if they had delivered it to us, it would have made no material impact in view of reports got to me during the past ten days,” Malik said. Even PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti had been complaining of attempts to break her party, the Governor said, adding that others were talking about attempts to create an unholy alliance by parties which had nothing in common.
“Those crying foul have themselves been asking me for last five months to dissolve the Assembly. However, I had been keeping it alive as MLAs were having funds and public works were going on. The political process was halfway through, but it was on,” Malik said.
About NC and PDP, Malik said that they were the people who had been opposed to urban and rural local body elections. This (government formation attempts) would have adversely hit the security forces and police efforts to successfully conduct the ongoing panchayat elections, he said.
The Governor explained the PDP-NC efforts to stitch an alliance for government formation as “unholy”. He said, “This was a power-hungry alliance and for self-preservation, to avoid split into their respective parties. There has been a lot of dissatisfaction between the parties.”