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Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolves Jammu and Kashmir assembly

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Nov 21 : Both the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone have staked claim to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday and Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Legislative Assembly in the evening.

In a dramatic development, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was dissolved on Wednesday night after three mainstream parties came together to stake claim to form a government that was countered by Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone with the BJP’s backing.

Governor Satya Pal Malik made a terse announcement saying he was exercising powers conferred on him by the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution and dissolving the House which had two more years to go.

The dissolution came shortly after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the National Conference and the Congress came together and staked claim to form a government in a bid to checkmate moves by the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a government with the support of PDP rebels and Lone.

Late in the evening, former Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti wrote to the Governor saying the Congress and National Conference had decided to extend support to her party to form a government in the troubled state.

This was countered by Lone, who also wrote to the Governor staking claim to form the government with BJP’s backing. He claimed the support of 18 MLAs besides the 25-strong BJP, contending that it was more than the required number for majority.

Mufti, in her letter to the Governor, said that with a strength of 29 MLAs of its own, the PDP would have a collective strength of 56 MLAs including 15 of National Conference and 12 of the Congress.

“Since I’m presently in Srinagar, it would not be possible to call on you immediately and this is to keep you informed that we would be seeking your convenience shortly to stake the claim for forming the government in the state,” Mehbooba wrote to the Governor who was said to be away in Chandigarh for a wedding.

Until news of the dissolution came, former Finance and Education Minister Altaf Bukhari was reportedly tipped to be the next Chief Minister of the PDP-led collation.

In the 87-member House, the BJP has 25 MLAs, all from Jammu, and claims the support of Kashmir Valley-based Peoples Conference which has two MLAs.

Mufti said the Raj Bhavan in the winter capital Jammu strangely had not received her letter that was faxed. She said she was trying to contact the Governor over telephone.

Hectic developments marked the day with consultations between leaders of the parties in the valley after reports emerged that the BJP was trying to form a government with support of rebel MLAs from the PDP along with the backing of Lone’s party.

The developments came five months after the BJP pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti government leading to the fall of the PDP-BJP collation that lasted for over two years.

The political developments also assume significance in view if the fact that that tenure of the Governor’s rule is ending next month, which will be followed by President’s rule of no government is formed.

Bukhari called on National Conference Vice President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to discuss the modalities of a possible government formation by the PDP and the Congress with NC’s support.

The reports of a possible government formation by the PDP and the Congress with NC’s external support got some credence with senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad confirming to some reporters that talks were going on between the three parties to cobble an alliance that would keep the BJP out of power in the state.

Dissidents of the PDP supported by Peoples Conference have been speaking of a government formation in the state with the support of the BJP ever since Governor’s rule was imposed.

Sajad Lone has been emerging as the leader of a possible third front that could in the future provide an alternative to the PDP and NC.

Senior PDP leader and Lok Sabha member Muzaffar Hussain Baig ruffled many a feather on Tuesday when he expressed his willingness to join Sajad Lone if a third front was formed in the state.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that even if the state was placed under President’s rule next month, the state Assembly would not be dissolved.

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Congress’s Digvijaya Singh Demands Postal Ballots Be Cancelled In Madhya Pradesh

MP Bypolls 2020: Earlier in the day, Congress workers staged a protest outside the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer in Bhopal.

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Bhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday demanded that the Election Commission cancel the postal ballots polled so far for the November 3 Madhya Pradesh by-elections as candidates have yet not been given the list of such voters.

Earlier in the day, Congress workers staged a protest outside the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer in Bhopal.

Later, a three-member delegation led by Mr Singh met the Election Commission (EC) officials.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Singh said, “Our main demands were that postal ballots polled so far be cancelled and a list of such voters be provided to all candidates.”

The Congress leader said the officials informed that the EC is going to hold a meeting on the issue on Tuesday.

He also said the transfers of government officials in the bypoll-bound districts should be stopped and only those officials, against whom a complaint was lodged and was verified, should be removed.

Mr Singh alleged that some police officials were influencing voters in favour of the ruling BJP.

He thanked the EC for removing some police officials against whom complaints were made.

“We are keeping an eye on the police officers against whom complaints are reaching to us. We warn them that Congress leaders know how to deal with such elements whether we stay in the government or not, though we are returning to power,” the Congress veteran said.

Alleging that police officers in the Gwalior-Chambal region were doing “netagiri” (leadership), he said the Congress has been taking it seriously.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused state Congress president Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh of threatening the government officers and employees.

“Kamal Nath ji and Digvijay Singh ji are threatening the officers and employees nowadays after anticipating their possible defeat. Words like we will see, we will deal with it are being used,” Chouhan said in a tweet.

“We appeal to the Election Commission to take suo motu cognisance on this issue,” he added.

By-elections to 28 Assembly seats in the state are scheduled on November 3.

Twenty-five of these seats fell vacant after sitting Congress MLAs resigned and joined the BJP, leading to the collapse of the Kamal Nath-led state government.

Besides, three seats fell vacant due to the death of their sitting MLAs.

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Sonia Gandhi: JDU-BJP govt deviated from its path, high on power and ego

“A serious crisis has befallen the farmers of India. The lives of Dalits and Mahadalits have been destroyed and similar is the fate of the backward sections of society,” Sonia Gandhi said.

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A day before the first phase of voting for Bihar elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday alleged the JDU-BJP government has deviated from its path and was “high on power and ego”, saying the time has come for ushering in a change in the state.

In a four-minute video shared on the Congress’ Twitter handle, Gandhi said the Nitish Kumar-led government is “neither saying good nor doing good” and labourers are helpless, farmers are upset and youth disappointed with it.

“Drunk on power and arrogance, the government in Bihar has deviated from its path. Their words and deeds are suspect. The labourers are helpless, the farmers are upset and the youth are disappointed. People are bearing the brunt of the fragile state of the economy.

“A serious crisis has befallen the farmers of India. The lives of Dalits and Mahadalits have been destroyed and similar is the fate of the backward sections of society,” she charged.

“The people of Bihar are with the Congress Mahagathbandhan and this is the call of Bihar,” she also said.

She alleged that the NDA governments in Delhi and Bihar have brought demonetisation, Covid-19 lockdown, economic shutdown which affected employments in the state. She also called upon people of the state to build a “new Bihar” for the next generation and crop.

“Time has come for ushering in change in the state,” she said, noting that governments cannot be formed on fear and crime.

In its manifesto, the Congress has promised to review the decision to ban the sale and consumption of liquor in the state, saying it has hurt the exchequer. The party, which is contesting polls with Left parties and RJD, has also promised Rs 1500 monthly allowance to the unemployed youth.

Voting for the first phase of Bihar assembly elections is tomorrow with 71 constituencies going to vote in six districts, including some of the Naxal-hit areas. The second and third phase of polling will be held on November 3 and November 7 and the counting on November 10.

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Mr PM stop robbing public, be self reliant, says Rahul Gandhi

Mr Prime Minister, Quit robbing the public, Stop giving money to your friends, Be Self-Reliant, tweeted Rahul Gandhi

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Mr Prime Minister,
Quit robbing the public,
Stop giving money to your friends,
Be Self-Reliant, tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

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