J&K guv dissolves assembly

J&K governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday evening dissolved the assembly in a move intended to nip efforts by PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti to form an unlikely alliance with rival National Conference and old partner Congress which, the Centre believes, would deepen instability in the state.

The dramatic turn of events came after Mehbooba, who quit as chief minister after BJP withdrew support to her in June, and J&K People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone declared that they would stake claim to form a government and seek revival of the assembly that has been in suspended animation.

Home ministry sources said the state governor conveyed he that had no evidence of numbers from either side and did not see prospects of a stable government.

In the event, a decision was taken to advance the dissolution of the assembly ahead of the earlier plan to do so around mid-December.

The decision was brought forward even as sources said the option of timing fresh polls with the Lok Sabha elections remained.

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