The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief GA Mir on Thursday accused Governor Satyapal Malik of having acted “unconstitutionally” by abruptly dissolving the Assembly without giving any opportunity to the three-party alliance to demonstrate their majority.

Talking to media persons in Srinagar, Mir said maintaining the state’s special status was the Congress’ top priority.

“The Governor had no option other than to invite the PDP-Congress-National Conference alliance to form the government and prove our numbers,” he said.

Mir also criticised BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav for accusing the NC and PDP of forging an alliance at behest of Pakistan.

“When elected members of mainstream parties are being accused of working at the behest of Pakistan, you have to prove all these allegations,” the Congress leader said, adding, “This has become a habit with BJP now. Those who support the BJP are portrayed as patriotic Indians, but if someone raises questions about the BJP they are labelled anti-national or pro-Pakistan.”

Mir said the PDP, which is the single largest party in the state with 29 seats, was considering legal recourse to challenge Malik’s decision to dissolve the Assembly.