After Governor rule, President’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir

President Ram Kovind (File Photo)

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) President’s rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, the first time since 1996, after Ram Nath Kovind signed a proclamation ordering imposition of central rule in the state from midnight, PTI reported. The Governor’s rule ended on December 19.

The union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision on Monday after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sent a report recommending imposition of President’s rule in the state.

After the proclamation, the powers of the Legislature of the state shall be exercisable by or under the authority of Parliament. National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said Governor and President’s rule should come to an end.

“I think Governor and President’s rule must come to an end. There should be elections. People must choose their representatives who can work,” ANI quoted him as saying.

The state was placed under Governor’s rule in June after the BJP pulled out of an alliance with the PDP. The Governor, Satya Pal Malik, last month, dissolved the Legislative Assembly, citing the “impossibility of forming a stable government by the coming together of political parties with opposing political ideologies” after regional parties, including the PDP and Sajad Lone’s People’s Conference, staked claim to form the government in the state.

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