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Jammu and Kashmir political situation highlights: In a dramatic turn of events, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday night dissolved the state Assembly after three mainstream parties came together to stake claim to form a government.

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Jammu and Kashmir political situation highlights: In a dramatic turn of events, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday night dissolved the state Assembly after three mainstream parties came together to stake claim to form a government. It was countered by Peoples Conference leader Sajad Gani Lone who claimed to have the backing of BJP. But in a terse announcement, Governor Satya Pal Malik said that he was exercising powers conferred on him by the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution and dissolving the Assembly. The state Legislative Assembly had two more years to go.

The development came shortly after the PDP, NC and Congress joined the ranks in a bid to checkmate attempts by the BJP to form a government with the support of PDP rebels and Sajad Lone.

The border state was placed under the Governor’s rule on June 19 for a 6-month period following the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government after the saffron party withdrew support.

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    22:30 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Congress playing into the hands of anti-nationals: Jammu and Kashmir BJP

    Reiterating that the congress is playing into the hands of anti-national forces along with the NC and the PDP, Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP Thursday said Governor Satya Pal Malik foiled their "sinister design" by dissolving the state assembly. The governor dissolved the assembly Wednesday night, hours after the PDP staked claim to form government with the backing of rival NC and the Congress, PTI reports. 

    20:33 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Raj Bhawan fax machine opens new battleground in Jammu and Kashmir

    A Raj Bhawan fax machine opened a new battleground in Jammu and Kashmir, with the NC Thursday alleging democracy was "scuttled" as it was not functioning, even as Governor Satya Pal Malik said the fax-operator was unavailable on Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi, a state holiday. Letters to stake claim to form government by the PDP and a two-member party, People's Conference, allegedly failed to reach the governor Wednesday, apparently because the machine was not operational.

    19:16 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    PDP yet to decidde on whether to challenge decision to dissolve assembly in court

    PDP, which staked claim to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir with support of Congress and NC, today said it has not yet decided whether to challenge in court the governor's decision to dissolve the assembly. Governor Satya Pal Malik had yesterday dissolved the Assembly, cutting short PDP's bid to stake claim to form government with the NC and Congress, reports PTI.

    17:19 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan flays J&K Governor's action

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday described as "undemocratic and anti-people" the action of the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik in dissolving the state assembly. The governor had a constitutional obligation to allow an opportunity for the PDP to prove its claims of majority, Vijayan said in a Facebook Post. However, it was not examined, he said.

    16:24 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Jammu and Kashmir assembly dissolution 'murder of democracy', says Sharad Yadav

    Sharad Yadav gas called the dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir assembly a "murder of democracy". J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik abruptly dissolved the state assembly Wednesday night, hours after the PDP staked claim to form a government with backing of the rival NC and the Congress. The state assembly had been put in suspended animation since June 19 after the BJP withdrew from the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government, as per PTI.

    15:28 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Dissolution of state assembly 'undemocratic', says Congress

    The Jammu and Kashmir Congress Thursday attacked Governor Satya Pal Malik over the "undemocratic" decision to dissolve the state assembly and alleged that he kept the House in suspended animation to "facilitate horse trading" by the BJP and its allies to form the government. The governor abruptly dissolved the state assembly Wednesday night, hours after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival NC and the Congress. This was followed by another bid by the two-member People's Conference which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 legislators from other parties.

    15:02 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Omar Abdullah rules out moving court against Guv order

    Legally,we don't have case to make. As I don't have a document on which to claim Guv ignored what we had to say. My conversation was with PDP. It's for PDP to decide whether it wants to take legal recourse.I didn't provide documentary support: O Abdullah on J&K assembly dissolved

    13:37 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Malik is a very nice man, says Azad

    Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad said that Malik is a very nice man. He said: "We don't have any complaints from Governor. He is a very nice man. We have complaints from central government that if they had to dissolve the assembly, they should've done it 4-5 months ago when they withdrew support from PDP." He said that for the last 4-5 months, the BJP had tried to form their own government but they didn't have majority.

    "So they tried to break MLAs from other parties. When they saw that another government could have been formed, BJP dissolved the assembly," he said.

    12:30 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Governor feels democracy is outdated, says Chidambaram

    Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has claimed that for BJP-appointed Governor Satya Pal Malik, parliamentary democracy was outdated. “As long as no one staked a claim to form government, Jammu and Kashmir Governor was happy to keep Assembly under suspension. The moment someone staked a claim, he dissolved the Assembly. Parliamentary democracy standing on its head,” Chidambaram told reporters a day after Malik dissolved the House shortly after the PDP, Congress, NC came together to stake claim to form a government. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    12:14 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Governor Satya Pal Malik speaks why he dissolved Assembly

    Governor Malik said that he has been saying it since day one of his appointment that he was not in favour of any government in the state with underhand defection and horse trading. 'I would instead want that elections are held and selected government rules the state. I have been receiving complaints for past 15 days of horse trading & that MLAs are being threatened. Mehboobaji herself complained that her MLAs are being threatened. The other party said there is planning of distribution of money. I couldn't have allowed this to happen,' he said.

    11:48 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    BJP's Ram Madhav slams PDP, NC

    BJP leader Ram Madhav said that PDP and NC had boycotted local body polls last month because they had instructions from across the border. "Probably they had fresh instructions from across the border to come together and form government. "What they did prompted Governor to look into the whole issue," he said.

    10:30 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    'Nobody was keen to form government'

    Contradicting Mehbooba Mufti, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that "nobody was keen to form a government". "Neither was National Conference keen to form a government, the Congress was not keen at all to form a government. It was a suggestion," Azad was quoted as saying by NDTV.

    10:03 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Election best option, says Governor

    Governor Satya Pal Malik said that he was exercising the right granted to him under the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution and dissolved the House. In his remark, Malik said that there was "impossibility of forming a stable government" in the state because the new partners of the alliance have different ideologies. Referring to the fragile security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that there is a need to have a stable and supportive environment for security forces. election was the best option in the current situation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    09:22 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    When Mehbooba Mufti's fax was not received by Raj Bhavan

    Interestingly, Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday released a letter on Twitter announcing that she has the numbers. She claimed that both NC and Congress are backing her candidature. Mufti said that she has been trying to send the letter to the Raj Bhavan through fax but strangely the fax is not received. The PDP leader even said that when she tried to contact the Governor on phone, he was not available.

    09:13 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Saifuddin Soz asks Mufti to move court

    Saifuddin Soz of Congress has advised Mehbooba Mufti to move court contesting the Governor''s decision to dissolve the House. In his remark, Soz said: "Mehboobaji should move court as what Governor has done on Centre's instructions is undemocratic and unconstitutional. Mehbooba Mufti wrote to Governor only after Congress and NC supported PDP and Governor should've given her a chance." 

    09:00 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    BJP convenes meeting of party MLAs today

    BJP J&K unit president Ravinder Raina informed that party has called a crucial meeting of its MLAs today. “We will decide the future course of action. We wish that the Assembly elections in J&K should be conducted along with the Parliament elections,” Raina said.

     

    08:57 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    PDP rebel MLA Imran Ansari speaks

    PDP rebel MLA Imran Ansari said that had the Government given them the chance to prove majority on the floor the House, they would have successful cleared the test. “We have the the numbers. But now, the situation is different. Election is the only option. If Mehboobaji thinks it's undemocratic, she has a lot of options in this democratic country.”

    08:28 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    BJP welcomes dissolution of J&K Assembly

    BJP's Jammu and Kashmir unit president Ravinder Raina said that the party welcomes the decision taken by the Governor. He said that the other political parties -- NC, Congress and PDP had hatched a conspiracy in Jammu & Kashmir that would have done injustice to Jammu and Ladakh. He also asked if these parties will come together to form an alliance before elections.

    08:20 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    EC to examine when to impose Model Code of Conduct

    Meanwhile, the Election Commission will examine if the Model Code of Conduct can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir or not. The Governor on Wednesday night dissolved the Assembly that has 87 seats. The border state was placed under the Governor's rule in June after BJP quit the Mehbooba Mufti government citing her failure to restore peace.

    08:10 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Not interested in forming govt, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

    Reacting to the latest development, senior Congress leader and former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Congress was not interested in forming the new government, nor was the National Conference. "We had not given any support to the Peoples Democratic Party. It was only an idea which was floated by some people and it was at initial stage of discussion," he said. Azad added that there should be be elections as soon as possible because a prolonged President's rule in the state is not in the interest.

    08:03 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Mehbooba Mufti questions timing of dissolution

    In her remark on Wednesday, former CM and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti questioned the timing of dissolution. She said that since the past five months, all shared the view that the state Assembly be dissolved immediately to avert horse trading and defections. "Oddly enough, our pleas fell on deaf ears. But who would have thought that the very idea of a grand coalition would give such jitters," she said.

    05:57 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    What happened till now in Jammu and Kashmir

    Earlier on November 21, the Congress party, NC and PDP confirmed their alliance in a bid to preserve the state's special status i.e. Article 370. The political drama in the state of Jammu and Kashmir began after the Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of its alliance with the PDP. The BJP party cited examples of growing acts of 'terrorism, violence and radicalisation' in the state over the past few years for pulling out of the alliance.

    02:33 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Mehbooba Mufti said.

    Peoples Democratic Party Chief Mehbooba Mufti accuses Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik of favouring Bharatiya Janata Party, says 'our pleas fell on deaf ears'

    01:29 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Jammu and Kashmir Governor says Assembly was dissolved to prevent horse-trading

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor while explaining the reason behind the dissolution of the Assembly sais that it was done to prevent horse-trading. He added that a stable government cannot be formed by 'parties with opposing political ideologies', according to PTI.

    00:34 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Jammu and Kashmir update

    Governor's rule was clamped in the state on June 19 for a six-month period following the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government after the saffron party withdrew support.

    23:42 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Will the model code of conduct be imposed in J&K?

    Election Commission to examine if the model code of conduct can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir or not, after Governor dissolves Legislative Assembly.

    23:35 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Best option in Jammu and Kashmir is fresh polls at earliest, says BJP

    As soon as the assembly was dissolved by the state governor, the Bharatiya Janata Party took to Twitter and said that the border state cannot afford horse-trading and instability keeping its security scenario in mind. "The proposed alliance between the Congress and the PDP broke up even before it was formed. They have taken contradictory positions on dissolution. One supports it and the other opposes it," the BJP said.

    23:24 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    "Oddly enough our pleas fell on deaf ears", says former J&K CM on Twitter

    Former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti says, 'Oddly enough our pleas fell on deaf ears. But who would have thought that the very idea of a grand coalition would give such jitters.' She further adds, 'PS - In todays age of technology, it is very strange that the fax machine at HE Governor’s residence didn’t receive our fax but swiftly issued one regarding the assembly dissolution.'

    23:14 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Mehbooba Mufti on Twitter

    23:07 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Former Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Twitter

    In my twenty six year old career as a politician, I thought I had seen it all! But like they say never say never! Nevertheless, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to @OmarAbdullah and @Ambikasoni4 ji for helping us achieve the seemingly impossible.

    22:49 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Omar Abdullah retweets Mehbooba Mufti's post

    Omar Abdulla says 'And I never thought I’d be retweeting anything you said while agreeing with you. Politics truly is a strange world. Good luck for the battle ahead. Once again the wisdom of the people will prevail.'

    21:49 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Update on cyclone Gaja: CM to seek relief from Centre, TN releases Rs 1,000 Cr

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday about the devastation caused by the cyclonic storm 'Gaja' and seek a comprehensive central assistance package to tide over the situation. The Tamil Nadu government, meanwhile, released Rs 1,000 crore from the State Disaster Response Fund to the cyclone affected districts to carry out relief and rehabilitation measures which includes solatium to the kin of dead, damage for crops, trees and houses.

    21:46 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Saifuddin Soz comments on political situation in J&K

    Mehbooba Ji should move court as what Governor has done on Centre's instructions is undemocratic & unconstitutional. Mehbooba Mufti wrote to Governor only after Congress & NC supported PDP & Guv should've given her a chance: Prof Saifuddin Soz, Congress, on J&K assembly dissolved

    21:46 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Ghulam Nabi Azad comments on political situation in J&K

    I said this afternoon also that it's a suggestion and no final decision has been taken yet (on PDP-NC-Congress alliance). BJP dissolved the assembly even though only a proposal was made: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress on Jammu And Kashmir Governor dissolves J&K Legislative Assembly.

    21:30 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik's press communique

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has passed an order dissolving the state Legislative Assembly. Governor's letter has explained the clause under which the decision has been taken.

    21:16 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Omar Abdullah tweets

    "JKNC has been pressing for assembly dissolution for 5 months now... it can’t be a coincidence that within minutes of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba letter staking claim the order to dissolve the assembly suddenly appears," Omar Abdullah has tweeted. "J&K Raj Bhavan needs a new fax machine urgently," he had tweeted earlier.

    21:07 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Governor dissolves assembly

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik has dissolved state assembly. The governor has the special right to dissolve the assembly. However, the dissolving of assembling just after 2 different factions of MLAs staked claim on government is set to raise political questions.

    21:01 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    People's Conference leader Sajad Lone also stakes claim on forming government

    People's Conference leader Sajad Lone also stakes claim to form government in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of 25-member BJP. Earlier, former J&K CM and President of PDP Mehbooba Mufti writes to J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake the claim for forming govt in the state. The letter reads, "You might have gathered from media reports that Congress and NC have decided to extend support to our party to form government."

    20:46 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    Mehbooba Mufti stakes claim at government formation

    Former J&K CM and President of PDP Mehbooba Mufti writes to J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik to stake the claim for forming govt in the state. The letter reads, "You might have gathered from media reports that Congress and NC have decided to extend support to our party to form govt."

    19:48 (IST)21 Nov 2018
    What PDP leader Altaf Bukhari said today (2/2)

    "We keep on meeting. I had no talks about the alliance but generally we all meet," he said. Bukhari, who is tipped to lead the alliance if it comes to fruition, denied that he had called a meeting of PDP MLAs in connection with government formation. Asked if he was in the running for the chief minister's post, Bukhari said, "There is no such thing. The chief minister will be from among the leaders. This issue is not about chief ministership". "This alliance is being formed to address the Kashmir issue, the situation in Kashmir and to protect the special identity of the state that we have in the Constitution of India.

    If Congress, PDP and the National Conference do manage to come together, it will be a setback for BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls 2019. The PDP has 28 MLAs, followed by NC with 15 and Congress with 12 which will make up for a clear majority as these parties will cross the required number which is 44.