Fax Paus and the House of Cards!

News Kashmir Exclusive

The recent dramatic dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir assembly has given rise to saga of controversies. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the state assembly on Wednesday evening after rival claims to form government from former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone, who is backed by the BJP. Ms Mufti said her Peoples’ Democratic Party has the support of arch-rival Omar Abdullah’s National Conference and the Congress.

Fax machine at Governor house became center of controversy. National Conference (NC) vice president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said that the fax machine made a one way instrument just like a traffic signal light strangulated democracy as the outgoing faxes were sent but the incoming faxes couldn’t be received adding that “right to challenge the dissolution of assembly by taking a legal course lies with the PDP, the party which staked claim to form the government on our assurance for outside support and outright support by Congress party.”

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar Omar said, “strangely the fax machine was rendered defunct when PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti wanted to fax a letter for staking claim for formation of a government with our outside support and outright support by the Congress party but barely few minutes later the Governor’s fax machine worked when he sent an order on dissolution of assembly.”


Condemnation poured on national level as well.

Former Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has no respect for democratic institutions.

He called the dissolution of the assembly in Jammu and Kashmir as the murder of democracy.


“I oppose and condemn the dissolution of Assembly in the State. This action of the Government is a visibly bias when alliance of major parties staked the claim for forming the government,” said Yadav, who now heads Loktantrik Janata Dal.

In a statement, Yadav said that recently, the Government in J&K allowed Urban Local bodies elections without participation of the major political parties in the State which was mockery of democracy.


Political analyst Mushtaq Ul-Haq Ahmad Sikander states : “


The misuse of constitutional powers by BJP backed Governor Satya Pal Malik, once again depicted BJPs sinister designs for Kashmir and Muslims. They want to destroy every institution of democracy, secularism and freedom of speech which constitute the fundamental values of constitution. Need of the hour is to unite against the fascist communal Hindutva led BJP. So Grand alliance of PDP, NC and Congress should be established so that a united defeat against BJP is realised.”

Many are terming the whole incident an already decided understanding or match fixing .

In this regard, calling dissolution of Assembly by Governor Satya Pal Malik a match fixing between various stake holders, AIP president and MLA Langate Engineer Rasheed has said that it is yet again proven that there is a controlled democracy in J&K. In a statement issued  Er Rasheed said, “while Governor’s decision to dissolve the Assembly was unconstitutional and immoral following what NC, PDP and Congress claimed as hectic efforts to form the government, the reaction and response to Governor’s decision by the constituents of grand Alliance is disgusting and disappointing. Dr. Farooq Abdullah without wasting a second welcomed Governor’s move and Congress leadership started changing its statements. PDP by not challenging the Governor’s decision in the Court got itself exposed to the real designs it had planned to achieve through this drama. It is obvious that none of the three constituents wanted to form the government and by just posturing themselves as defenders of Article 35-A and 370 they were addressing their own constituencies and executing the plan to keep Sajad Lone away from breaking PDP and forming the government

Undoubtedly the political temperatures have shot up with dissolution of assembly.