After completing six-month-long Governor’s rule following the unprecedented resignation of former CM Mehbooba Mufti, and Jammu and Kashmir came under the Indian President’s rule from midnight.
Earlier this year, the controversy-ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir plunged into a political crisis as the BJP government withdrew support to the PDP government, which was led by Mehbooba Mufti and she resigned from the post. After the resignation of the Mufti government, Congress and other arch-rivals national parties had staked claim to form the government in the state. Two-member People’s Conference led by Sajjad Lone had also staked claim to form the government with 25 BJP members and 18 other unknown members.
However, the Assembly was dissolved by citing horse trading and the lack of stability to form the government as the reason to dissolve the assembly. The political crisis led to implementation of Governor’s rule in the state immediately, for a time period of six months. As per the special constitutional status given to Kashmir, six months of governor’s rule is necessary for the state under Article 92, and after six months, the 87-member assembly built by the governor is dissolved automatically.
On Monday, the six month period ended and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sent a report recommending imposition of the President’s rule in the state to the Union Cabinet that is headed by Narendra Modi. The Cabinet immediately processed the recommendations and ordered immediate imposition of presidential rule in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the proclamation signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, the central rule is imposed in Jammu and Kashmir from today midnight. The state will now remain directly under President’s rule for upcoming six-months, after which elections are coming. In case, the election date is not declared, President’s rule can be extended for another six months.