President’s Rule imposed in JK

President’s Rule imposed in JK

Srinagar, Dec 19: President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday issued a proclamation by virtue of which Jammu and Kashmir has come under his rule.
President’s rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the expiry of six-months of Governor’s rule on December 19.
The decision was taken after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sent a report to the central government recommending imposition of President’s rule in the state, officials said.
The union cabinet had cleared the proposal to impose President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir from December 19, reports said on Wednesday.
A communication from the governor’s office was sent to the Union Home Ministry which moved the union cabinet with the proposal for its nod.
The state plunged into a political crisis in June this year after the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government was reduced to minority following withdrawal of support by the 25-member BJP in the state.
Since the state has a separate Constitution, in such cases, six months of governor’s rule is compulsory under Article 92 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, under which all the legislature powers are vested with the governor.
The governor has to dissolve the Legislative Assembly after the tenure of six months is over and the state will directly come under the President’s rule for following six months during which elections have to be declared in state.
Malik on November 21 dissolved the 87-member state assembly after the PDP, supported by the Congress and their arch-rivals National Conference, had staked their claim to form the government. Simultaneously, the two-member People’s Conference led by Sajjad Lone had also staked his claim to form a government with 25 members of the BJP and other 18 unknown members. The Governor dissolved the assembly citing horse-trading and lack of stability to form a government as the reasons.