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Governor dissolves Jammu Kashmir Assembly after rivals stake claim to form govt

Jammu and Kashmir is headed for president’s rule, after the governor dissolved its state legislative assembly late Wednesday. The move came after rival political combines said they would stake their claims to power.

The people’s Democratic Party(PDP) and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, released  a letter on Twitter seeking to form govt with her traditional rivals, the National conference(NC) and Congress.

Minutes later the governor Satya Pal Malik, issued a communique of the dissolution.

In an isolated bid, People’s Conference chief Sajad Lone put forward his claim to form govt too.

Both Mufti and Lone said they used social media because fax machine at governor’s residence didn’t seem working and Malik was not available of phone either.

The governor’s office said the dissolution was invoked as no govt was likely to last long. “The coming together of such parties in a grouping is nothing but an attempt to gain power rather than to form a responsive govt,” it said in a release.

The state needs a stable govt, the release said.