Sajad Lone claimed that he was the first to approach the Governor to stake claim with the BJP's support, not PDP chief Mufti who tied up with the Congress and National Conference.
A day after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik dissolved the House, Peoples Conference president Sajad Lone on Thursday hit out at former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti for blocking him from forming the government in the state. Lone claimed that he was the first to approach the Governor to stake claim with the BJP’s support, not PDP chief Mufti who tied up with the Congress and National Conference.
Blaming Mufti and Abdullah for being denied a chance to form the government, Lone said that the intention behind the coming together of Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah was only to keep him from forming a government. “The two dynasts yet again…got together not on the basis of any ideology but to keep a rising regional force out,” Lone told The Indian Express.
In a late night move on Wednesday, Governor Malik dissolved the assembly after Mehbooba Mufti staked claim to form the government with the support of NC and Congress. The Governor raised the doubts over the stability of the government and said that the move was taken to prevent defection and possible horse trading. The assembly was in suspended animation after the BJP withdrew support from the PDP in June this year.
Lone further alleged that PDP and NC were lying about their numbers as they also counted their rebel legislators. He said that the MLAs were not consulted before Mufti staked claim to form the government and that a floor test would have exposed the cracks within their own party.
In her letter to the Governor, Mehbooba Mufti had claimed the support of 56 legislators — 29 from PDP, 12 from Congress and 15 from NC. However, Lone claimed that a few rebel MLAs from PDP have extended support to him. He also dared NC and PDP to challenge the dissolution of the House in the court if they are so confident about the number.