BJP threatening its MLAs with ‘NIA, CBI Action’- Omar Abdullah, BJP seeks proof Or Public Apology

National Conference Vice President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday dared BJP to declare its chief ministerial candidate for Jammu and Kashmir ahead of elections to Legislative Assembly as well as slammed the party for threatening NIA, CBI action against its legislators before dissolution of assembly. “The BJP’s bravado to have its own chief minister from Jammu fell flat twice, first by stitching alliance with 28-member PDP in 2015 and later while unsuccessfully attempting to form the government by surrendering before a party with two MLAs from North…

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National Highway closed post fresh snowfall in Kashmir

All highways and roads leading in and out of the Kashmir valley were shut on Monday following fresh snowfall over mountainous stretches of the region while the weather department said more precipitation was expected over the next 24 hours. An official of the traffic department said the Srinagar-Jammu highway, Srinagar-Ladakh highway and the Mughal Road were shut after snowfall in the northern, central and southern areas of the Valley. The official said the traffic along the Srinagar-Jammu highway was stopped around noon as snowfall around Jawahar Tunnel made the mountainous…

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Disgruntled Muzaffar Baig appointed PDP patron, Abbas Wani quits party

Fighting rebellion, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Monday chaired a meeting of party leaders and appointed disgruntled leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig as patron of the party.Sources in the party told Kashmir Post that the meeting was called in the backdrop of growing dissent in the party since the fall of the PDP-BJP coalition government in June this year.Since dissolution of Assembly by Governor Satya Pal Malik on November 21, four former PDP lawmakers—Hasseb Drabu, Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari and Mohammad Abbas Wani—have resigned from the…

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Supreme Court dismisses PIL challenging JK Governor’s decision to dissolve assembly

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition challenging the Jammu and Kashmir governor’s decision to dissolve the state Assembly. The top court said there was no merit in the petition filed by former BJP legislator Gagan Bhagat. Jammu and Kashmir governor Satyapal Malik dissolved the state assembly on November 22 after Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its arch-rival National Conference (NC) teamed up with the Congress for a shot at government formation with the support of 56 legislators in the 87-member assembly. The People’s Conference led by…

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Democratic space being encroaching upon by Governor: Mehbooba Mufti

Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday accused Governor Satya Pal Malik of “encroaching upon democratic space” and threatened to launch an agitation if the Chenab valley and Pir Panjal area were not accorded divisional status, as apparently proposed for Ladakh. She alleged that the way the Governor’s administration was issuing orders, it appeared that “somebody’s hidden agenda is being implemented through the backdoor.” “So many orders have been issued which are against the interests of J&K. We had expectations from the Governor, who has…

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Setback for PDP as Former Finance Minister Drabu quits party

In a major setback to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its senior leader and former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on Thursday resigned from the party without specifying any particular reason. Drabu announced his resignation in a letter (uploaded on Twitter) to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday evening while saying, “Bidding adieu to PDP! Another phase of life over”. In his letter, Drabu, who was associated with the PDP for the past over four years, said, “This had been coming for a while now. Even though I have not been…

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Four political families in Kashmir target each other for being Dynasts

Owing their relevance largely to strong and irrefutable familial affiliations, Jammu and Kashmir’s four powerful dynastic families are engaged in serious verbal altercation blaming one another for being the dynasty. Four political families of the Kashmir Valley—the Abdullahs, Muftis, Lones, and Ansaris—are trying hard to prove to each other that they have risen on Kashmir’s political landscape without a godfather. National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir’s oldest political party. In the 1930s it was formed as J&K Muslim Conference which was rechristened as National Conference by the late 1930s. Since…

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No move to change permanent resident rules: Satya Pal Malik

Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday evening said the government was not making or even considering any changes to the Permanent Resident Certificate rules. He issued the statement in response to National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah’s concerns over reports of change in the rules. The Governor wrote: “It (The J&K Permanent Resident Certificate Act) is an integral part of the legal structure of Jammu and Kashmir and there is no step whatsoever to tamper with this law.” Earlier in the day, Omar wrote a letter to Governor urging him to…

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Abdul Gani Lone, Sajad’s father initiated militancy in Valley: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday alleged that the father of BJP ally Sajad Lone, Abdul Gani Lone, had been instrumental in initiating militancy in the state. Farooq, who has served as the state’s Chief Minister three times, said Sajad’s father had met him when his government was dismissed in January 1990. “When I was dismissed, his (Sajad’s) father met me and said he was going to Pakistan and bring the gun. I begged him not to bring the gun,” Farooq said. The former Chief Minister said he pleaded…

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Dissident BJP MLA challenges dissolution of Assembly in Supreme Court

The BJP hailed Governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to dissolve the Legislative Assembly recently, but a sulking leader of the party, who is the former MLA from RS Pura, Gagan Bhagat, has challenged the decision in the Supreme Court. “I filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on Thursday, challenging the decision of the Governor to dissolve the Assembly. My writ has been admitted in the court,” Bhagat told Kashmir Post. “In my writ, I have challenged the illegal action of the Governor,” he said. Bhagat hoped that the…

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