Following Bharatiya Janata Party’s announcement of pulling out from the state government in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti tendered her resignation to Governor Narinder Nath Vohra.
In the 89 members J&K legislative assembly, 2 members are nominated while 87 are elected. Mehbooba Mufti’s party PDP has 28 members while BJP has 25 MLAs. The National Conference has 15 MLAs while the Congress party has 12.
Speculations were rife that Omar Abdullah might make a move following the resignation of Mehbooba Mufti especially after reports that the former CM paid a visit to the Governor.
Omar, however, addressed the media and declared that he was in favour of early polls. “I met the Governor. I told him that National conference didn’t receive mandate to form Government in 2014 and we do not have the mandate in 2018 also. We haven’t been approached & we aren’t approaching anyone,” Omar Abdullah told the media.
Insisting that the National Conference was in favour of early polls, Abdullah said, “We also requested the Governor that Governor rule should not remain imposed for a long time period. After all, people have the right to choose their government. Fresh elections should take place & we will accept the mandate of the people.”
Taking potshots at Mehbooba Mufti he tweeted, “She was cutting ribbons while the BJP was cutting her legs out from under her. How I wish she had left with her head held high & her dignity intact! She was J&K’s CM, not of the BJPDP.”