Supreme Court (SC), on Monday, refused to interfere in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Governor's decision to dissolve state Assembly. The apex court refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the dissolution of the Assembly by Governor Satya Pal Malik. The decision is likely to clear the way for fresh election in the state which has been under the Governor's rule since the People's Democratic Party (PDP)- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government fell apart in June. In a high-octane drama that unfolded in November, the J&K Governor dissolved the state Assembly amid rivalling claims by political parties to form a government in the state.
On November 22, Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP approached the Governor's office to stake claim to form a government in the state with a support from Congress and Omar Abdullah's National Conference. Shortly afterward, Sajjad Lone, leader of Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference (JKPC) wrote to Raj Bhavan that his party was willing to form a government in the state with a support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Amid a political drama, Malik dissolved the Assembly and later justified the decision in a detailed statement released by the Raj Bhavan. "The impossibility of forming a stable government by the coming together of political parties with opposing political ideologies including some which have been demanding dissolution of the Assembly; whereas the experience of the past few years shows that with the fractured mandate that is there in the Assembly, it is not possible to form a stable government comprising like-minded parties. The coming together of such parties in a grouping is nothing but an attempt to gain power rather than to form a responsive government," Raj Bhavan said in a detailed statement.