Governor has to take a call

Governor has to take a call
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The Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has favoured holding early elections for the Assembly, saying he does not think a popular government can be formed out of the present house after the collapse of the BJP-PDP coalition dispensation in June this year.
No party enjoys a majority in the 87-member Assembly, in which the PDP has 28 MLAs, the BJP 25 and the National Conference 15.
Soon after the PDP-BJP government fell a few PDP leaders raised a banner of revolt against the party top brass and said goodbye to the party. The PDP rebels made many attempts to get the support from Bharatiya Janata Party to put new dispensation at place. But the efforts did not materialize. The government announcing municipal and panchayat polls in the state led to process getting stalled.
Soon after the results of municipal polls were declared the state president of Bharatiya Janata Party Ravinder Raina claimed that J&K would soon get a BJP Chief Minister. Municipal polls are over and within a month Panchayat polls would also end. Time only would tell whether the Governor Malik would dissolve the Assembly and order fresh polls or would he give a chance to the PDP rebels and BJP to try their luck.
If Governor Malik decides to dissolve the present Assembly it would prove to be a big setback for the people who are making attempts to come up with a Third Front to challenge National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party in the Valley. The people behind Third Front have created a notion that they enjoy New Delhi’s ashirwaad and they are capable of turning tables on the PDP and NC. Finally the ball is in Governor Malik’s court and he has to take a call.