Centre would have directed me to accept Sajad Lone’s claim over PDP-led alliance: Governor

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The Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Tuesday said that had he taken directions from New Delhi, Sajad Lone would have been the chief minister of the state. Malik said that he did not do that because he did not want to be remembered as a “dishonest man” in the books of history, local news agency KNO reported.

“I didn’t ring up New Delhi to seek their suggestion as maybe they could have told me to allow Sajad Lone to form the government,”  Malik said, adding that he dissolved the assembly as he had ‘apprehensions’ about horse-trading that could have led to killings and chaos in J&K. Both PDP and Sajad had ‘no numbers’ to form the government as nobody among them came forward, and in case the government could have been formed it could have deteriorated the situation that has been prevalent in the Valley from past several months.

The Governor maintained that Lone had also sent a letter to form the government but not to his PA but to the PA of erstwhile Governor N N Vohra.

The PDP which has been blaming the governor for dissolving the assembly despite Mehbooba Mufti’s claim to have majority in the house, the former chief minister praised Malik for not taking directions from the centre. In a tweet, Mehbooba said, “Leaving aside the fax machine fiasco, good to see that governor Sb refused to take dictation from Delhi, rather opted for dissolution of assembly. This could be unprecedented, given the story of democracy in the state.”

National Conference chief who too had been taking a jibe at Raj Bhawan for the failure of the fax machine said, “My compliments to Governor Malik for not looking to Delhi & for not taking their instructions thereby stopping the installation of a government of the BJP & it’s proxies formed by horse trading, defections & use of money.”

Meanwhile, the Governor pulled no punches and expressed that had the PDP and NC any intentions of forming the government, they could have come to Jammu a day before, when it was an Eid holiday.  “It was an Eid holiday. Did they expect the governor to stand by the fax machine and wait for their fax. If Mufti and Abdullah were serious about forming a government, they should have rung me up, or sent me a letter,” he said.

Talking about the NC, Hurriyat’s call for boycotting the local polls, the Governor said that today militants, Hurriyat and two parties had threatened people to boycott polls, but despite that people came out and cast their ballots in large number. “People were being threatened if they vote in the Municipal and Panchayat polls,” he said.

Governor added that both Abdullahs and Muftis are patriotic but Hurriyat always follow the directions from Pakistan. “We will talk to Hurriyat as they are the residents of Kashmir but not to Pakistan as a country, it won’t be allowed to decide anything on Kashmir,” he added. He said that some Hurriyat leaders told him that even Musharraf suggested the Hurriyat talk with India as it is a nuclear power.