Srinagar, Jan 16: With the Congress-JD(S) coalition receiving its first jolt on Tuesday with two independent MLAs withdrawing support from the Kumaraswamy-led government, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said that ‘operation Lotus seems to have commenced’.
“Operation Lotus seems to have commenced. Wonder how many days will these MLAs be holed up in hotels/ resorts for. Of course they will have no cellular reception or means to contact people. Ps – Irony died a thousand deaths because the hotels name is “The Grand Bharat”,” Mehbooba, who is the former chief minister in PDP-BJP coalition government in J&K, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
The resignation of these two Independent MLAs do not threaten the government’s survival as it still commands the support of 117 MLAs in the House of 224. The move by the Independents comes against the backdrop of BJP’s alleged efforts to bring down the Congress-JD(U) coalition government.