What’s stopping Mehbooba from approaching Supreme Court?

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Afaq Bhat
Srinagar, Nov 24: Former Chief Minister and the president of the Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti, who had staked the claim to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir with the support of 56 MLAs seems to be in no mood to approach the Supreme Court and challenge the move of the J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Legislative Assembly.
Many people have advised her to take a legal recourse but she has not responded to anyone. Senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Saturday said that PDP should move the Supreme Court of India against what he called the “illegal and unconstitutional” dissolution of J&K Assembly by Governor Satyapal Malik.
Soz said that the people must recall that after imposing the President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh on 13 July 2016 and Utrakhand on Mar 27, 2016 invoking Article 356, Congress party went to the Supreme Court which nullified the “hurriedly taken decisions” of the Governors.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “The idea of grand alliance between PDP, National Conference and Congress was just aimed at keeping Sajad Lone and BJP away from the power. Had the Governor entertained PDP’s claim the PDP would have formed the government to pave the way for dissolution of the Assembly.”
He said that however, the Governor Malik made PDP’s job easy by dissolving the Assembly. “Mehbooba’s claim that she enjoys the support of 29 MLAs of her party was not correct as the rebels had already made their choice. Many of them had assured Sajad Lone that they would support him,” the analyst claimed.
He said that all the developments took place just a day after the PDP founder member and the Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh hinted at resigning from the party to join Lone. “It seems that Mehbooba herself was unsure about the numbers as she had written in the letter to the Governor that she would meet him and stake the claim. Had she been sure that her party has not been split she would have moved the Supreme Court to challenge Governor’s decision to dissolve the Assembly,” the analyst added.
A Kashmir watcher said, “PDP committed a big blunder by entering into an alliance with BJP in 2015. Had it entered into a grand alliance with NC and Congress at that point of time today the PDP would not have been in dire straits.”
He said that if Mehbooba Mufti has really got the numbers then she should approach the Supreme Court. “If the PDP just reconciles with the Governor’s decision to dissolve the Assembly it would be assumed that Mehbooba has failed to keep her flock together,” the Kashmir watcher added.

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