Assembly will stay in suspended animation
JAMMU, Aug 13: Dropping broad hints that the BJP was in no hurry to form next Government in Jammu and Kashmir with breakaway faction of the PDP as was being widely speculated, BJP’s national general secretary and pointman on J&K, Ram Madhav has said that the BJP was in favour of continuation of Governor’s rule in the State followed by the President’s rule.
However, he kept the option of formation of next Government in the State at a later stage open by saying that the Legislative Assembly will remain in the state of suspended animation. This means that the Legislative Assembly will not be dissolved to hold fresh Assembly elections in the State along with Parliamentary polls due in April-May next year or thereafter.
Madhav also indicated change of Governor in Jammu and Kashmir as present incumbent NN Vohra has completed his tenure.
“The tenure of the Governor gets over in a couple of weeks. The Government can think about the future, that what steps it thinks are best. I assume there will be a new Governor soon,” Madhav told a news web portal in New Delhi today.
Indications were that Jammu and Kashmir will have a new Governor after culmination of annual pilgrimage of Shri Amarnath Ji on August 26. Number of names are doing the rounds for succeeding Vohra, who had over 10 years long tenure as Jammu and Kashmir Governor, but a final decision was yet to be taken by the Central Government.
Making it clear that the BJP stands for continuation of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Madhav told the web portal that they were also in favour of continuing the Legislative Assembly in the state of suspended animation and see how politics happens.
“We are in favour of continuing Governor’s rule, and after that, perhaps, President’s rule for another six months,” Madhav said when asked what will happen if three major political parties including the PDP, National Conference and Congress join hands to form the new Government in the State.
Jammu and Kashmir is the only State where Governor’s rule is imposed for first six months, which is followed by President’s rule for next six months. In other States, President’s rule is imposed from straightway in case of any Constitutional crisis.
In the 87-member Legislative Assembly, PDP is single largest party with 28 MLAs while BJP has 25 on its own and support of three others including two from People’s Conference and Independent Bakir Rizvi, National Conference has 15 and Congress 12. Rest are Independents and Others.
Madhav’s statement that the BJP was in favour of Governor’s Rule followed by President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir dropped enough hints that the party was in hurry to form Government in the State with breakaway faction of the PDP. So far, only five MLAs from the PDP have revolted against the party leadership though there were indications that more PDP MLAs could part ways with the party to join rebels and form Government with the BJP.
Recently, Madhav was in Kashmir for two days during which he met senior BJP leaders and People’s Conference chairman, Sajjad Lone, a BJP ally amidst reports that some of the BJP leaders were in touch with the PDP rebels.
BJP president Amit Shah had recently made it clear that the party was not trying to break the PDP.
After National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Madhav confirmed that the process to identify 40,000 illegal Rohingyas refugees from Myanmar was underway across the country and that they would be deported to Myanmar once the exercise is complete.
“The process of identification has started. Once that process is over, future steps will be contemplated. They will be sent to Myanmar, they are from there,” he said.
It may be mentioned here that majority of Rohingyas are putting up in Jammu and their census has already been ordered by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.