Srinagar: Kashmir’s mainstream political parties, National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) have demanded dissolution of Assembly and conduct of early assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir state and have said that the power to dissolve the assembly and call for fresh elections lies with the Governor, Kashmir News Service (KNS) reported.
While talking to reporters, senior NC leader and MLA Sonwarai Mohammad Akbar Lone said,“though rumors are abuzz that BJP has already taken to track II route to form a government in alliance with Sajad Gani Lone’s Peoples Conference and some PDP rebel MLA’s but so far the efforts have not paved way for formation of a government in the state. When there is no scope for any workable combination on government formation better it would be for both the Governor and the central government to dissolve the assembly and call for fresh elections.”
PDP Chief Spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir said, “six months have elapsed when BJP walked out of the government headed by Mehbooba Mufti and so far no workable combination has come forward to form the government in the state. When the Governor’s administration could conduct municipal and panchayat elections then why delay for assembly elections for restoring popular rule in the state? We would like to demand dissolution of assembly and conduct of early elections in the state.”
As per the KNS report, chairman PDF Hakim Mohammad Yaseen, a former minister and MLA Khan Sahib said, “for the last six months, Governor’s rule is in force in the state and the law does not bar the Governor from extending Governor’s rule or imposing presidential rule with the concurrence of the central government and the president of India in the state but popular rule has to be restored sooner or later. Keeping in view the present situation, we would like to demand early dissolution of assembly and early conduct of assembly elections for restoration of popular rule in the state.”
(With inputs from KNS)