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President's rule imposed in J&K after expiry of 6 months of governor's rule
jkupdate.com | 19-Dec-2018 09:29 PM
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  • President's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday following the expiry of the six-month governor's rule.




NEW DELHI: President's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday following the expiry of the six-month governor's rule.

President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation paving the way for imposition of central rule in the state which plunged into a political crisis in June after the BJP withdrew support to the PDP government led by Mehbooba Mufti.

The proclamation was signed after the Union Cabinet gave its go-ahead for President's rule on Monday.

After the proclamation, the powers of the Legislature of the state shall be exercisable by or under the authority of Parliament.

A communication from governor's office was sent to the Central government and subsequently it was moved to the Union Cabinet for its nod.

The state had plunged into a political crisis in June this year after the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government was reduced to a 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 legislative powers are vested with the governor.

The governor has to dissolve the assembly after six months. The state then directly comes under President's rule for another six months after which elections have to be held in the state. In case the elections are not declared, President's rule can be extended by another six months.

No Presidential proclamation shall in any case remain in force for more than three years except for the intervention of Election Commission of India which has to certify that the continuance in force of the Proclamation is necessary on account of difficulties in holding general elections to the Legislative Assembly.

On November 21, Malik had 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.

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