Srinagar: In the Parliament’s winter session on Friday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the then Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra had “sent report in June that no party willing to form government in state.”
It was during a discussion in the Lok Sabha on a statutory resolution that approved President’s rule in the state when Mr. Singh was responding to the opposition, who had called the imposition of Governor’s rule as unconstitutional.
The state was put under Governor’s rule in June, when the BJP pulled out of the coalition government with the PDP. As six months of the rule ended, President’s rule followed.
The debate was initiated by Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader, who said that Governor Satya Pal Malik acted in “gross violation” of a Supreme Court order in the S R Bommai case that had stated that whether an alliance has a majority or not can be decided only on the floor of the assembly.
He was referring to the proposition of the government formation by PDP-NC-Congress alliance in November, that wasn’t given chance to prove majority on the floor of the house. Governor Malik had dissolved the assembly instead of letting the parties prove the numbers.
Adding to the discussion, NC Patron Farooq Abdullah said, “Own Jammu and Kashmir, own the people of Jammu and Kashmir, we are part of the country.”
Abdullah added that the fax machine of the Governor was not working, his phone was not working. “I would like to say that Governor house is not the place to prove majority but the assembly is. Governor didn’t wait and dissolved it,” said Abdullah.