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Dissolved dreams & rekindled hopes

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22.11.2018

Politics, as they say, is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best.

However, the attainable alliance between the Congress and two main regional parties of Jammu and Kashmir may not be the 'next best'. In fact, it could easily prove to be the worst.

A day after senior PDP leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig threw his weight behind separatist-turned-mainstream leader Sajad Gani Lone for cobbling up a third front, the three major mainstream political parties – the Peoples Democratic Party, the National Conference and the Congress – on November 21 decided to join hands to form a ruling alliance in the restive state.

It was a day full of high drama in Kashmir politics. There was a new development every moment, making all sorts of 'impossibles' a reality — like NC vice-president Omar Abdullah echoing PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti's views on Twitter. Sajad Lone too managed to spring a surprise by staking a claim to form the government moments after the NC-PDP-Congress announcement.

Making the impossible possible may not be the best way out. (Credit: PTI)

But the day ended with disappointment to all claimants. In a sudden move, Governor Satyapal Malik dissolved the state Assembly.

Though there’s a possibility of the “aggrieved parties” moving the Supreme Court against the Governor’s decision, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Mehbooba Mufti should actually thank the Raj Bhavan.

In the 87-member state Assembly, the PDP with the highest number of 28 seats was first to knock on the Raj Bhavan's door, backed by 15 MLAs from the NC and 12 from the Congress. So, Mufti staked claim to form government with 55 seats, as against the required number of........

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