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Amidst high political drama, Governor Satya Pal Malik, dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, on Wednesday evening. The governor whose term would end in March 2021, dissolved the assembly after the political parties staked claim to form the government.

The move comes after both PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and PC chief Sajjad Gani Lone, through separate letters, had staked a claim for forming a government in the State.

The PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter that she could not reach the Governor through fax or phone and tagged the letter sent by her to the Governor on the official twitter account of Raj Bhavan. In her letter to Raj Bhavan, Mehbooba claimed that she had the support of 56 MLAs, including 15 from the National Conference and 12 from the Congress. After eight minutes, the people’s Conference chief also tweeted that he had also staked the claim for forming the government. “We have sent a letter to his Excellency the Governor, staking our claim to form the government. Fax is not working. We have whatsapped it to the PA to his Excellency,” he wrote.

The dissolution of Assembly has paved way for fresh Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, which will come under president’s rule on December 19. Political parties along with the Hurriyat questioned the move of dissolving the assembly. The Congress have blamed that governor for acting on the advice of the BJP. On the other side, the BJP chief of Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav, has claimed that three parties (the Congress, the National Conference and the PDP) were acting on the orders of Pakistan.

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