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After BJP-PDP split, Governor’s Rule imposed in J&K

Srinagar, June 20: Governor NN Vohra issued a proclamation to impose Governor’s Rule in the state under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday after receiving the President’s approval.

The Governor’s Rule was recommended on Tuesday after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to the Governor following the BJP’s pullout from the coalition government.

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Vohra consulted leaders of all major political parties, including PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti (CM), BJP’s Kavinder Gupta (Dy CM), National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah and J&KPCC president GA Mir on the possibilities of “alternative alliances”. He later forwarded his report to the President recommending the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state.

Soon after the President’s approval and immediate proclamation to impose Governor’s Rule, Vohra held discussions with BB Vyas, Chief Secretary, on Wednesday morning and “identified the major tasks which shall be required to be dealt with on a strict time-bound basis, beginning from Wednesday,” a Raj Bhawan spokesman said.

“To gear up the state administrative machinery to function with speed, efficiency and accountability the Governor is speaking to senior officers of the civil, police, forest and other departments on Wednesday,” a statement from the Raj Bhawan said. “This meeting will be followed by a Security Review Meeting at the Raj Bhavan in the afternoon,” it added.

This is for the third time that J&K was brought under Governor’s Rule since January 2015, following the Assembly elections held in November-December 2014, when no party got a clear majority in the 87-member House. The PDP with 28 and the BJP with 25 seats formed a coalition government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

The state was brought under Governor’s Rule from January 9 to March 1, 2015. Governor’s Rule was again imposed following the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7, 2016, which continued up to April 4, 2016, when Mehbooba Mufti took over as the head of the coalition government.

Source Tribune India

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