“Governor’s rule should continue; Will PDP, NC boycott assembly polls?”


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Srinagar: Putting rumors of any government formation in Jammu and Kashmir at rest, the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that the party has decided that governor’s rule should continue for some more time.

The party National General Secretary Ram Madhav, while speaking to news agency ANI said that ever since Governor rule has been imposed in the state there has been development in all sectors. “Even the public is happy,” he added. “So, the party has decided that governor’s rule should continue for some more time.”

In the 2014 assembly elections, the PDP won 28 seats, the BJP 25 and the National Conference 15 in the 87-member assembly. The state later came under governor’s rule on 19 June 2018 after the BJP pulled support from its coalition partner People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Since then the rumors had been rife that the BJP will try to form a government with support from Sajad Lone led People’s Conference (PC) and the rebel PDP leaders like Imran Reza Ansari, a former cabinet minister in the Mehbooba Mufti led coalition government.

On Wednesday, Madhav also asked the PDP and the National Conference if they will boycott or contest the assembly elections, considering they chose to boycott the recently held Urban Local Body elections. “They (PDP and NC) say they’ll boycott elections until the matter of 35A is resolved. On the other hand, they ask to dissolve the Assembly and call for an election. Let me ask you if there’s an election in the near future, will you contest it or boycott it?” asked Madhav.

Madhav was in Srinagar recently after the PC candidate Junaiz Azim Mattu was elected as the Mayor of Srinagar city with support from the BJP. He held a meeting with Mattu and Sajad Lone, along with rebel PDP leaders Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari and Yasir Reshi.

Reacting to Madhav’s statement, the former chief minister and National Conference (NC) Vice president, Omar Abdullah questioned, “You got the control of a handful of towns & cities because NC & PDP stayed away (and the Congress did such a poor job of putting up a fight) do you really think we will give you a walkover in the Assembly polls?”

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