Srinagar: Reacting to Amit Shah’s comment that his party will get a majority in the assembly elections as the people of the state have full faith in them, National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah dared the BJP president to announce the polls and put this assertion to test.
“If you are so confident of the support BJP enjoys why not announce the elections & let’s put this assertion to test?” Mr Abdullah, who is the former chief minister of the state, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Mr Shah on Friday had said the people of the state have full faith in BJP and the party will get majority in the upcoming assembly elections.
“People have full faith in the BJP, which was evident from the party’s resounding victory in Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat elections. The BJP will get majority in the upcoming assembly elections also and form its Government in the State,” Mr Shah had reportedly said while reviewing affairs of Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi on Friday.
Jammu and Kashmir is currently under Governor’s rule since June this year, which was imposed after BJP pulled out support by the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government with the PDP though the assembly was kept in suspended state.
However, the Governor unexpectedly dissolved the state assembly last month shortly after rival political combines — NC, PDP and Congress — hinted that they would stake their claims to power. Ms Mehbooba on November 21 released a letter on Twitter announcing that she would stake claim to form the government with her traditional rival, NC, and Congress. The PDP president’s letter was followed by People’s Conference chief Sajad Lone’s letter to the Governor on WhatsApp, putting forth a similar bid.
After facing criticism over dissolution of the Assembly, Mr Malik on November 27 said Mr Lone would have become chief minister of the state had he sought the opinion of New Delhi before dissolving the Assembly.
The Governor’s rule cannot be extended after it completes its six-month period on December 19. It is proposed to impose President’s rule thereafter in the state.