Retired Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain, a former commander of the 15 Corps based in Srinagar is likely to go to replace N N Vohra at the Raj Bhawan in Srinagar/Jammu. General Hasnain, is currently Visiting Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation, the conservative New Delhi-based think-tank whose founder (and former director) Ajit Doval is India’s National Security Adviser (NSA).
Sources said that Hasnain is likely to be appointed as the new Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and a proposal in this regard is being discussed. They added that New Delhi was discussing on many names including another former army commander Retired Gen. Hoon but finally the central government has zeroed on Hasnain.
Hasnain was sent to 15 Corps in December 2010, following a summer of stone-pelting in which 120 people mostly students were killed.
N N Vohra, a former bureaucrat, is serving his second term at J&K Raj Bhawan.
Elections are due later this year however due to floods there is every possibility of their postponement. Many commentators are of the opinion that the elections may be postponed till June 2015 and presidential rule may be declared in the state at the end of this year when Omar Abdullah led coalition will be completing its term.