There was no interference in Malik’s decision, says Rajnath

We left it to J&K Governor’s wisdom: Minister

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that there had been “no interference from Delhi” in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr. Singh said no instructions were given to Governor Satyapal Malik on handling the political situation, which led to the dissolution of the Assembly on November 21.

Mr. Singh, who is here to campaign for the BJP in the Telangana Assembly election, told The Hindu: “It was left to the Governor to take the decision depending on the situation (unke vivek par faisla chhod diya gaya tha).”

However, Mr. Malik, at a function in Gwalior a couple of days ago, said “Delhi’s choice” had been to encourage and install Sajad Lone (chief of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference) as the leader of the government with defecting MLAs from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other outfits.

“But I did not do that as I did not want to go down in history as a dishonest person,” Mr. Malik had said at the same function. Mr. Singh did not comment to a question on this.

Mr. Malik had implied that he had been against any kind of breaking of legislative parties and a government with dissident MLAs of other parties, but that the Central government was in favour of Mr. Lone attempting to form such a government.

Mr. Singh has now clarified there was no move by the Centre in favour of Mr. Lone over the others, even as many political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir said there had been open differences within the government and with the BJP over the course of action in Jammu and Kashmir.

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