Srinagar, Nov 27, CNS: Senior Congress leader Prof. Saifuddin Soz Tuesday said that Jammu Kashmir Governor Satya Paul Malik made two contradictory statements in the same breath.
“First he said that Governors had the compulsion to do things at the behest of the Central Government and then said he dissolved J&K Assembly on his own. What Governor Malik said initially was his natural response and what he said next was expected of him by the Central Government,” Soz said.
He said Governor Satyapal Malik occasionally forgets that people know what he does in normal course, has two aspects- technically, he has to do things within the pleasure of the President of India. But, in practical terms, he does things at the behest of the Central Government which certainly means ‘the PMO’.
“The general run of Governors in India have been doing that business at the behest of the Central Government. Fortunately, the system has taken notice of the fact that the Supreme Court of India in recent history on the vagaries of Governors have established the fact through its judgments on Utrakhand on Mar 27, 2016 and Arunachal Pradesh on 13 July 2016, where the Supreme Court rejected the imposition of President’s rule through unconstitutional decisions of the Governors. That is a norm already established by the Supreme Court of India.”
“It is another thing that Ms. Mehbooba Mufti doesn’t seem to be inclined to go to the Supreme Court to get Governor Satyapal Malik’s unconstitutional decision dissolving the J&K Legislative Assembly, annulled,” Soz said.