Jammu: Describing the prolonged suspension of J&K Assembly as unconstitutional, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party on Saturday sought President Ram Nath Kovind’s intervention to safeguard the Constitution and rule of law by ordering early dissolution of the same in conformity with the legal stipulations, prevalent practices and precedents on the subject.
“The suspension of Assembly was supposed to be temporary period so as to determine whether any political party or combination of parties had the requisite majority to form the government,” JKNPP Chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh here told reporters.
He said that it could not be kept in suspended state for indefinite period under the prevalent constitutional position, adding, “its prolongation was not only bad in law but politically motivated as well”.
With none of the parties or combination of parties coming forward or claiming to form the government except occasional veiled statements made by BJP, it was highly unjustified to keep the Assembly in suspended animation for the last around four months, said Singh and reminisced that in July 2008, when Gulam Nabi Azad government fell and none of the parties could muster requisite members, the Assembly was dissolved within one week.
“Likewise, in 2005 the Bihar Assembly was dissolved within one month after the fresh elections as none of the parties or combination of parties could convince the Governor of having the magic numbers to form the government,” he claimed.
Describing the decision of keeping the Assembly in suspended animation for the past more than 116 days, Singh claimed that never before had any Assembly in the country had been kept in suspended state for such a long time in a similar situation where none of the parties had the requisite strength.
“We will hold statewide protests besides demonstrations outside Parliament in case the suspended Assembly was not dissolved forthwith,” he warned.