CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Thursday said the decision of Governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly was “taken in haste and not keeping in mind the constitutional spirit.”
Addressing media persons at his Gupkar residence, here, Tarigami wondered why the Assembly was not dissolved in June when the previous coalition government fell. He hastened to add that it was probably “to find possibilities to form a new alliance.”
He said when major political parties started consultations for the government formation and when the PDP staked claim to form the government, the Assembly was dissolved in haste.
“The options before the Governor were to provide them an opportunity of being heard and discuss the contours of the new alliance with them (PDP). But the BJP Government in Delhi got so unnerved with the talks for formation of a popular government, that they dissolved the state Assembly,” he said.
“Unfortunately constitutional procedures were not followed. The Governor, who had declared days ago that the Assembly would not be dissolved, lost no time to dissolve it,” he said.
He said such practice has been followed in the past too. “This practice has been adopted in the past also which eroded the trust of common people in democratic institutions. May be the Governor took the decision on the instructions of ruling party in New Delhi. Unfortunately, whatever suites the ruling party in Delhi is being imposed in Jammu and Kashmir and Governor’s latest step only confirms it,” he added.