President’s rule extended

President’s rule extended

President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to be extended for six more months and the Union cabinet has already given its nod for it.
The Government of India deciding to extend the President’s rule is an indication that Assembly elections in the state are all set to be delayed. And the final call about these polls would be taken after reviewing the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir again. Earlier this month Election Commission of India said that the Assembly elections could be held after the Amarnath Yatra ends in August. But the political parties believe that polls could be deferred further as the Centre wants to handle Kashmir on its own.
The extension of President’s rule means that mainstream parties in Kashmir would have to wait for few months and this wait can prolong also. The Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik, while addressing a news conference in Srinagar lashed out at mainstream parties for what he called “misleading” the people.
As the things are shaping up it seems the mainstream parties in Kashmir have a long way to go as New Delhi seems to have decided that no one would be allowed to indulge in rhetoric. The lines are being drawn between the mainstream and the separatist camp. The GoI seems to have driven home a point that if the mainstream politicians want to be in power then they would have to toe a specific line and if they try to cross the green line then they would be sidelined. Extension of President’s rule in the state is an indication that the GoI is no hurry. And no elections would be held till the GoI is sure about Kashmir situation.