The Peoples Democratic Party’s withdrawal of support to the Congress-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir may be too little and too late. It will be hard for PDP to abdicate its role in having cleared the land transfer to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.
All eyes have turned to Raj Bhavan and Governor N.N. Vohra. The Azad government has been reduced to a minority, with 19 members of the PDP walking out of the government. Azad, who had the support of 55 members, now has the support of only 34, and that too if the four Independents and one Peoples Democratic Front member continue to support him. Azad can hope for the support from four members of the Panthers Party and one each from BJP and Jammu State Morcha.
Vohra can opt for imposing Governor’s rule, which the state Constitution allows.
The National Conference (NC) has 25 members, but it would not be putting its political prospects to risk. NC president Omar Abdullah said that he would take a decision only after taking to the party’s legislators on Monday.