J&K goes under Presidential Rule


New Delhi:Based on a report by Governor N N Vohra, the central Government has decided to impose Presidential rule in the bordering state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Since no major parties could form the Government after the results of Legislative Assembly was declared on December 23, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was asked to serve as the caretaker CM until new government was formed. 19 January was fixed as the date before which the new government was to be formed.

The Centre reached the decision after Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra submitted a report to the President that Omar Abdullah have requested to be relieved off the duties as the caretaker CM.

Results of the election for the 87 member assembly were declared on 23 December last year and no party was able to get absolute majority. PDP got 28 seats, BJP (25), National Conference (15) and Congress (12).

No party could achieve the magic figure of 44. Speculations were in the air for a possible coalition between BJP-PDP and BJP-NC, but nothing concrete came out of it. So on the basis of the Governor’s report to the President the Centre is implementing Presidential Rule in the state.

Omar is reported to have told the Governor that it is impossible for him to provide relief to the people of the as the caretaker CM which is facing continuous ceasefire violations from the Pakistan’s end.

Previously the state has witnessed Presidential rule 12 years back when CM Farooq Abdullah refused to continue as the head of a caretaker Government despite the intervention of then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who had asked him to continue since Congress and PDP were taking a lot of time in decide on coalition and the state was put under Presidential rule on 18 October 2002.