Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday retracted his statement in which he had reportedly said that Delhi wanted a Sajad Lone-led government in the state.
According to news agency IANS, Malik told a news channel that it was wrong to say that Delhi interfered in the decision to dissolve the Assembly.
"Sajad Lone had the numbers, obviously Delhi will push for him," he was quoted as saying.
On Nov 24, the governor had reportedly said in Gwalior that he would have had to let Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone form a government if he had taken hints from Delhi.
"I want to make it clear once again. If I had looked at Delhi, I would have had to make a government of Lone and I would have been known in the history as a dishonest (beimaan) man," the Governor reportedly said.
"That's why I ended the issue. Those who want to abuse me, they will keep abusing. But I am convinced that what I have done was right," Malik added.
(With IANS inputs)