New Govt in J&K could have ‘cancelled’ ongoing local body elections: Guv Malik

New Delhi/Jammu: In his maiden press conference after dissolving the state assembly, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday justified his decision and said the move would ensure political stability in the state and some parties wanted to sabotage the ongoing elections at grassroots levels.

Addressing a press conference, the Governor said there was already an atmosphere of political horsetrading and his decision to dissolve the House has protected the state’s political atmosphere get “polluted” as happens in many other states.

“The ongoing local level elections are going on peacefully. By the grace of God and people’s support, there has not a single case of killing during these elections. Who knows after coming to power these forces would have cancelled the local elections,” he remarked.

In a late night press statement on Wednesday, a communique from Raj Bhavan said one of the
“main reasons” because of which the Governor arrived at his decision to dissolve state assembly was “The impossibility of forming a stable government by the coming together of political partiesย ย with opposing political ideologies including some which have been demanding dissolution of the Assembly”.

He also cited reports of “extensive horse trading and possible exchange ofย ย money” in order to secure the support of legislators and said there were always “serious doubts” about the longevity of any such arrangement where there are competing claims of majority.

“The fragile security scenario in the state of Jammu and Kashmir where there is a need to have a stable and supportiveย ย environment for security forces which are engaged in extensive anti- militancy operations,” the press statement has said.

Answering questions, the Governor denied taking directives from BJP headquarters and said if that was the case, he would have entertained the claims by the proposed coalition which had saffron party legislators in it.



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