Srinagar, Jun 28: Terming Home Minister Amit Shah's comment on imposition of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir as an unacceptable argument, former state chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said the former's argument is that because the Congress has used Article 356 more times than anyone else, the Narendra Modi government is justified in denying the people of Jammu and Kashmir, an elected government.
'So, the Home Minister's argument is that because the Congress has used Article 356 more times than anyone else, the Modi government is justified in denying the people of J&K an elected government. That's an unacceptable argument,' the Vice President of National Conference (NC), posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Mr Abdullah was reacting to Mr Shah's statement in the Lok Sabha.
'They are saying we are trampling democracy in J&K. Before this time, till now 132 times, Article 356 has been imposed (President's rule), out of which 93 times, Congress has done it. Now, these people will teach us democracy?,' Mr Shah said, after moving a statutory resolution in the Lok Sabha, to extend President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, for a period of six months.
Mr Shah said since the state Assembly has been dissolved and the Election Commission has decided to hold fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir later this year, it is essential that the President's rule be extended for another six months, with effect from July 3, 2019.
Jammu and Kashmir was placed under the Governor's Rule on June 19, 2018, after the PDP-BJP coalition government dissolved, following withdrawal of support by the saffron party from the alliance.
However, the state Assembly was kept in suspended animation, to allow the possibility of any new combination of parties to form a government in the state.
Surprisingly, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti claimed to form a government on November 21, 2018, with the support of the National Conference and the Congress. But, within minutes, People's Conference chairman Sajad Lone, who had just two MLAs, also staked claim for government formation.
The Governor decided to dissolve the Assembly, stating that he wants to prevent horse-trading.
After the end of six months period of Governor’s rule, the state was brought under President's rule, on December 19, 2018. (UNI)