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‘BJP wants Governor's rule to continue in Jammu and Kashmir’: Ram Madhav rules out alliance with rebel PDP legislators

Ram Madhav’s clarification came amid speculation that the BJP and its partner, former secessionist Sajad Lone's Peoples Conference, were engineering a political coup in the PDP and get support of its rebel MLAs.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 07, 2018 16:46 IST ]

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav

Ruling out any possibility of the BJP striking an alliance with disgruntled PDP legislators to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said that the saffron party is in favour of continuing with Governor’s rule in the state.

Ram Madhav's remarks came in response to a tweet by Omar Abdullah in which the former J&K chief minister had alleged that the state unit of the BJP had confessed to being party to the efforts to break the PDP. 

"Not true. I will certainly check with d state unit n ensure that BJP keeps itself scrupulously out of whatever is happening in other parties in d Valley. We are for continuing with Governor’s rule in d interest of peace, governance n development in d state," Ram Madhav tweeted.

Ram Madhav’s clarification came amid speculation that the BJP and its partner, former secessionist Sajad Lone's Peoples Conference, were engineering a political coup in the PDP and get support of its rebel MLAs.

At least five rebel PDP lawmakers in the state have openly spoken against former Chief Minister and party President Mehbooba Mufti.

With speculation of a new political alignment flying thick and fast, former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah in a tweet asked Madhav about reports that the BJP's state had confessed to being party to the efforts to break the BJP.

"Power at any cost would seem to be the guiding philosophy," Abdullah took a jibe at Madhav and the BJP.

In response, Madhav wrote it was "not true".

"I will certainly check with the state unit and ensure that the BJP keeps itself scrupulously out of whatever is happening in other parties in the valley." 

Mathematical arrangements in the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir Assembly are stacked in no party's favour.

In the house, which has been kept under suspended animation, the PDP has 28 MLAs. The BJP has 25 and enjoys support of two legislators from Sajad Lone-led Peoples Conference and one legislator from Ladakh.

For any party to stake claim to form a government, it would require support of 44 lawmakers.

The state's anti-defection law is tougher as compared to others. The number of legislators who defect from a party without being disqualified should be two-third of the party's total strength in the House.

In such a situation, the number of those walking out of the PDP need to be at least 18 to avoid disqualification.

Also, the anti-defection law also empowers House leader of a legislative party a final say about disqualifying the defectors. The speaker cannot challenge the decision. 

But it is the speaker who notifies and issues a bulletin disqualifying the members.

(With IANS inputs)

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