New Delhi: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Gagan Bhagat moved the Supreme Court on Monday challenging governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) assembly, immediately after an alliance of anti-BJP parties, led by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) staked claim to form the government.

The petition has been filed with the Supreme Court registry, but is yet to come up for hearing.

The 21 November decision of Malik paved the way for imposition of governor’s rule in the state.

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP, the National Conference (NC) and the Congress had made a fresh attempt at government formation on 21 November, after nearly five months of political uncertainty.

In her letter to the governor, Mufti had claimed the support of 56 MLAs of the three parties. However, Mufti soon said on Twitter that she could not get through to him by either fax or telephone and that she had sent the letter by mail.

The PDP, which is a former BJP ally, has 29 members in the House, while the NC has 15 and the Congress 12. The BJP is the second-largest party in the assembly with 25 seats.

The PDP, NC, and the Congress are expected to make the dissolution of the assembly a key political issue, not just in the next assembly elections, but also in the general elections next year.

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