J&K heading towards fresh elections?

J&K heading towards fresh elections?
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It seems that political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have given up the idea to form the government in the state. Speculations are rife that Government of India may recommend a spell of President’s rule at the expiry of Governor’s rule on December 19.
Under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no provision for extension of Governor’s rule. The state is under central rule since June 19 after the BJP withdrew support from the then Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government. The six-month term of Governor’s rule comes to an end on December 19.
The PDP rebels who had raised a banner of revolt against the party leadership and had decided to join hands with the likeminded people to form the new dispensation in the state have taken a back seat as they couldn’t cobble up the numbers to stake a claim to form the government.
The J&K government announcing Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat polls in the state also dampened the spirits of the people who wanted to form the government. The main player BJP also did not show much interest in the government formation after the PDP rebels insisted that Chief Minister should be from Kashmir.
Governor Satya Pal Malik had recently hinted that fresh assembly elections in the state could be held anytime. Since the day Governor Malik has taken over the reins of the state he has been maintaining that new people need to be given a chance to rebuild J&K. He has even put the traditional politicians on notice and wants them to fall in line. Despite Kashmir based parties National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party boycotting the ULB and Panchayat polls the Governor’s administration went ahead with its plan to hold these polls. ULB elections have ended and Panchayat polls are slated to begin within a few days. It seems that ULB and Panchayat polls were held to test the waters to hold fresh elections in the state.