Lone challenges PDP to go to court

Lone challenges PDP to go to court
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Imran Ansari says Abdullahs have only made money, acquired property all over the world

SRINAGAR: Chairman of People’s Conference Sajjad Lone on Friday challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to go to court if they have the required numbers for government formation.
Lone made the statement two days after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the state assembly, soon after Sajjad Lone and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti both staked claim to form the government.
Talking to reporters here, Lone said that if Mehbooba wanted to challenge the dissolution of the state assembly in court, she should go ahead and do so. “We would be more than glad to prove our numbers on the floor of the assembly,” he said.
Lone said that he staked claim to form the government because he had support of the required number of legislators. Lone had said he had the support of BJP’s 25 legislators and “18 others”, besides his own party’s two legislators.
“I talked to the Governor on the phone, then tried to send the letter via fax, but later sent the letter through Whatsapp. We staked claim as we had the numbers. Had there been a floor test or if we had been told to bring the legislators, then what is within the purview of Constitution would have happened,” Lone said.
“Mehbooba ji did not have support of the majority of PDP legislators. While the National Conference belatedly realised that the PDP can, in fact, safeguard the state’s special status, this realisation was diametrically opposite to the NC’s stand for the past three years that PDP was the main instrument chosen to weaken the state’s special status,” he said.
The reason why the PDP along with NC and Congress were questioning the dissolution of the assembly, Lone said, was because the trio did not want him to lead the government.
“These two dynasties do not want any third family to rule the state. Theirs was an opportunistic alliance. There have been 52 amendments by the Congress to weaken the special status of the state and it has been the chief architect in the erosion of Constitutional guarantees. How can one expect the Congress to be the protector of JK’s special status?” he asked.
Replying to a question on whether he supports the ideology of the BJP against Article 370 and 35A, Lone said, “No Kashmiri can dream of erosion of these constitutional guarantees. The ideological fight between the Congress and the BJP is a battle that is being fought at the national level. Both Omar and Mehbooba have been allies of the BJP in the past. Why was it not wrong at that time?”
He said he did not have money to buy legislators, while the Sheikh (Abdullah) family had huge money as they had ruled the state for more than 50 years.
Imran Ansari, former PDP minister who has now joined the People’s Conference, said that the NC has acquired property in various countries while being in power in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Sheikh sahab was a teacher and lived at Soura. Now see their property in various countries. Where did it come from? I am running a business after taking a loan. They have houses in France, London, Delhi and elsewhere,” Ansari said.