Seeking to allay apprehension that a large chunk of his party MLAs might be falling prey to the overtures of the BJP in order to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress state leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Tuesday said that “those dreaming of forming government must know that state has stringent anti-defection law”.
Talking to the media in Srinagar Mir called for the dissolution of the state Assembly so that in his words horse-trading could be prevented. “Be it Kavinder Gupta or any other person, they must read state’s anti-defection law which doesn’t allow any such malpractice. Our anti-defection law is much stringent than central law. But how can a party which has a habit of taking law into their own hands. Congress won’t be part of this mess,” he said.
Since last many days rumours have been rife that the BJP was hobnobbing with MLAs from PDP and Congress to induce them away to form a government with their support. Just yesterday it came out in the open when three PDP MLAs, Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, and Abbas Wani resigned from the party. The three denounced the party for promoting nepotism. But many saw that as a ruse for ditching the part to become part of this new alignment in the state. And on Tuesday the former deputy Chief Minister of the state Kavinder Gupta said: “In the coming days, I see dissatisfied MLAs not just from PDP, but also from Congress and National Conference, are likely to join forces and form a new front.” His remark lends credence to the rumours that secret backroom negotiations were underway to cobble together a government.
When asked about the BJP trying to cobble an alliance, he said “If any party has number they should come before media and people. So that they are given time to form government by the Governor. But horse trading should not be allowed at all.”
The Congress leader refused to comment on the internal crisis of PDP. “It is their internal matter. Keeping assembly in suspended animation will promote horse trading which is unfortunate. State is already facing problems since the BJP-PDP took over reins of governance.”