MEHBOOBA DREAM TURNS SOUR: Governor dissolves Jammu and Kashmir Assembly after Mehbooba Mufti enters into unholy alliance with Omar Abdullah to form new government


SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir governor Sathyapal Malik dissolved the state assembly Thursday, at the height of a move by former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to form a new ministry with direct support from her arch rival, Omar Farooq of the National Conference and outside backing from the Congress party.

The previous ministry headed by Mufti fell after her PDP ally in government, the BJP, withdrew support to her in June last. The assembly thereon had not been dissolved, which gave Mufti a window of opportunity to try and stage a come-back.

Mehbooba Mufti had come in for sharp criticism over her, as also the state police’s, kid-glove treatment to stone-pelting youths and militants who acted in tandem with the machinations of Pakistan and the pro-Kashmiri terror outfits operating from the Pakistani soil with patronage from the military intelligence, the ISI. The amnesty she granted to them had led to the release of such youths from custody, drawing national ire and embarrassing the BJP in no small measure.

Central security forces who stepped in to restore law and order had a tough time controlling crowds of youths pelting stones at them every time a raid was organised in localities in the Valley to flush out militants and terrorists from their hideouts.

The assembly was kept in suspended animation after the fall of the Mufti government, also as there would be a need to call fresh elections in five months’ time once this was done.

The BJP alleged that Mufti, the NC and the Congress were trying to act out a script written in Pakistan to return to power in the state. BJP senior leader Ram Madhav said this was a “Made in Pakistan plot” which the Centre scotched. IHN-NN

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