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Unprecedented: Mehbooba, Omar praise J&K governor for going against ‘Centre’s wishes’

Governor Malik has broadly explained the last-minute dissolution of the state assembly to fears that politicians would have formed what he had described as an “opportunistic” regime.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2018 20:20 IST
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Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik said that had he looked towards Delhi for instructions, Sajad Lone would have formed the government. And “I would have gone down in history as a dishonest man.”(PTI)

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik who appeared to be countering the perception that he had acted at the behest of the BJP in dissolving the state assembly when political parties were getting around to stitching a coalition, has said that he did not want to go down history as a dishonest man, coming in for rare praise from state leaders for “going against the wishes of the Centre”.

Addressing a university convocation in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior, a video of which did the rounds on social media on Tuesday, he said that had he looked towards Delhi for instructions, Sajad Lone would have formed the government. And “I would have gone down in history as a dishonest man.”

“So I ended this matter. Now, they can abuse me but I am convinced that what I did is right,” he said.

However, state Raj Bhavan spokesperson has clarified that there was no pressure or any kind of intervention from the Centre in the entire matter and some news channels are misinterpreting his statement.

“The governor, while taking the decision to dissolve the legislative assembly, acted in an objective and impartial manner,” he said.

Malik had earlier attributed the last-minute dissolution of the state assembly to fears that politicians would have formed what he had described an “opportunistic” regime.

Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP and Omar Abdullah’s National Conference, the two bitter rivals who came together in a rare move, had attacked the governor’s timing of the dissolution.

A day after the assembly’s dissolution, Governor Malik told reporters: “Had I followed the BJP instructions, then I would have allowed their candidate (Sajad Lone) to stake claim. I didn’t listen to any of them. I did what was right under state constitution.”

Reacting to the statement, Omar Abdullah said that BJP and its proxies were desperate to form government by indulging in horse trading and use of money, but added in his tweet that “we’ve never known a politically appointed governor going against the wishes of the Centre”.

Mehbooba Mufti termed the admission of the governor as unprecedented.

“Leaving aside the fax machine fiasco, good to see that governor Sb refused to take dictation from Delhi, rather opted for dissolution of assembly. This could be unprecedented, given the story of democracy in the state,” she said.

Read: In thank you note to rival Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti’s stinging jibe at BJP

PDP chief spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said the video of the governor’s revelation showed how things are forced on Kashmir.

Congress state unit president Ghulam Ahmad Mir said the governor had exposed the BJP made efforts to form the government and install a person with two legislators as chief minister.

CPI(M) general secretary, Mohammad Yusuf Taragami said the governor’s remarks were an eye opener for democratic forces and demanded that elections should be held in the state without delay.

First Published: Nov 27, 2018 15:02 IST