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J&K: Staked claim to form govt as we have numbers, asserts Sajjad Lone

ANI
Published Nov 23, 2018, 4:41 pm IST
Updated Nov 23, 2018, 5:09 pm IST
A political tussle began in Jammu and Kashmir after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the state Assembly on Wednesday.
In a bid to counter move to form govt by Congress-PDP-NC, Lone on Wednesday staked claim to form govt with the support of the 25-legislator strong BJP and over 18 other lawmakers. (Photo: ANI)
 In a bid to counter move to form govt by Congress-PDP-NC, Lone on Wednesday staked claim to form govt with the support of the 25-legislator strong BJP and over 18 other lawmakers. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone on Friday asserted that he staked claim to form the government in the state as he possesses the required number of legislators in the Assembly.

"We staked the claim as we had the numbers. Had there been a floor test or had we been told to bring in the numbers, then what is within the purview of the constitution would have happened," Lone told ANI.

 

In a bid to counter the move to form a government by Congress- Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-National Conference (NC), Lone on Wednesday staked claim to form a government in the state with the support of the 25-legislator strong Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and more than 18 other lawmakers.

The People's Conference Chairman dared the PDP to go to the court if they have the required numbers.

"If they (PDP) are so aggrieved they can go to the court but they will not because they don't have the numbers," he said.

Reacting to arch-rivals PDP and NC coming together with the Congress to stake claim to form a new coalition government in the state, Lone said, "We are happy that we got these dynastic parties together."

 

A political tussle broke out in Jammu and Kashmir soon after Governor Satya Pal Malik suddenly dissolved the state assembly on Wednesday.

Malik dissolved the assembly hours after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and BJP ally Sajid Lone of the People's Conference staked claim to form a government in the state.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba had attacked Malik for dissolving the assembly shortly after she wrote a letter to him staking claim to form the government in alliance with the NC and Congress.

Earlier on Wednesday, the PDP, NC, and Congress confirmed their alliance in a bid to preserve the state's special status (Article 370).

 

Political drama began in the Valley after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP citing examples of growing acts of "terrorism, violence, and radicalisation" in the state over the past few years.

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