J&K Governor Triggers Fresh Row

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Days after dissolving the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, state Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday triggered a fresh political row, suggesting pressure from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government in Delhi. The J&K Governor has said that if he had listened to Delhi, he would have invited Sajad Lone to form government in the state.

“Had I looked at Delhi, I would have had to invite Sajad Lone to form government. But I did not want to go down in the history as a dishonest man. I don’t bother about the abuses now,” said Satya Pal Malik.

In a dramatic development last week, the Governor had announced the dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, soon after Peoples Development Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti declared that she would stake claim to form government with the support of the National Conference and the Congress party.