President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect, ANI reported.
The development came a day after the BJP announced its decision to pull out of the alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP in the state.
With the President’s directive, the reins of Jammu and Kashmir are now back in the hands of Governor NN Vohra who will be running the state for the fourth time now and will be completing 10 years as J&K Governor on June 25.
The BJP’s decision to break away from the alliance apparently came after its chief Amit Shah held a meeting with the party’s Jammu and Kashmir cabinet ministers in.
The responsibility of running the strife-torn state comes at a time when the BJP parted ways with the PDP citing the critical security situation in the Valley.
After BJP’s announcement of exiting the alliance, Vohra spoke to BJP’s Kavinder Gupta and PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to find out if they intended to explore alternative alliances to form a government in the state, but got a negative response.
The Governor also spoke to GA Mir, president of J&K Congress, who said that his party doesn’t have the numerical strength to form the government on its own or even in an alliance.
Later in the day, Vohra had a meeting with National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah who said that opined that Governor’s rule and elections was the only option left.
Last evening, Governor NN Vohra had forwarded a report to President Kovind for imposing Governor’s rule in J&K under Section 92 of the Constitution, after holding widespread consultation with all the political parties. This will be the fourth time in the last 10 years that a Governor’s rule is imposed in Jammu and Kashmir.
“J&K Governor has forwarded his report to the President of India for the imposition of Governor’s Rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir,” a Raj Bhawan spokesman said yesterday.