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J&K under President’s rule, Prez Kovind signs proclamation

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GR News Desk | Srinagar

Hours before the Governor’s rule was scheduled to come to an end Wednesday, President’s rule was imposed in Jammu & Kashmir. President Ram Nath Kovind signed a proclamation ordering the imposition of the rule in the state from midnight.

President’s rule comes into effect six months after the Governor’s rule was imposed in the state. The Centre is learnt to have recommended the President’s rule after a report by Governor Satya Pal Malik, officials said on Tuesday. According to reports, the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its go-ahead for President’s rule on Monday. Initially, a communication from Governor’s office was sent to the Central government and subsequently it was moved to the Union Cabinet for its nod.

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The state plunged into a political crisis in June this year after the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government was reduced to a minority following the 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 J&K Constitution, under which all the legislative powers are vested with the Governor.

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The Governor has to dissolve the Legislative 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 for 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.

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Malik on November 21 dissolved the 87-member state assembly after the PDP, supported by the Congress and their, National Conference, had staked their claim to form the government. Simultaneously, the two-member People’s Conference led by Sajjad Lone had also staked claim coupled by 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. On December 11, the Supreme Court had also dismissed a petition challenging the governor’s decision to dissolve the house.