Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir after President’s approval

New Delhi, June 20: The Governor’s Rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday following President Ram Nath Kovind’s approval.

The development comes a day after Governor Narinder Nath Vohra forwarded his report to the President of India for the imposition of Governor’s Rule under Section 92 of the Constitution which allows the state to be placed under the rule for six months.

Jammu and Kashmir has a constitution of its own which runs concomitantly with the Indian Constitution.

For the fourth time that Vohra will be handling the affairs of the state administration directly.

This came after Mehbooba Mufti stepped down as Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) exit from its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

After submitting her resignation to Governor NN Vohra, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that PDP joined hands with BJP in Jammu and Kashmir to work on the reconciliation process as muscular policy won’t succeed in the state.

The saffron party’s decision apparently came after its chief Amit Shah held a meeting with the party’s Jammu and Kashmir cabinet ministers.

Citing examples of increasing incidents of “terrorism, violence and radicalisation” in the valley over the past few years, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, while addressing a press conference in the national capital, said that the party was left with no other option, but to discontinue its alliance with the PDP.

The BJP and PDP formed a coalition government in 2015 after the state elections threw up a hung assembly.

The differences between the BJP and the PDP reportedly erupted after the governments’ decision to resume anti-terror operations in the state, which were suspended during Ramzan.

The current composition of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, which has 89 seats: PDP- 28, BJP- 25, NC-15, INC-12, J&K people’s conference-2, CPI-1, others-4.

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