New Delhi: The Centre has recommended imposition of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, said a report on Thursday. This would, the report said, help meet J-K constitution’s requirement as the six-month Governor’s rule ends on the same day.Also Read - Lt General Gurmit Singh Sworn in as Governor of Uttarakhand
Sources told a leading daily that the Home ministry has conveyed this to state Governor Satya Pal Malik after the Cabinet nod in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a couple of days ago. They said the Governor had recommended President’s rule in the state. Also Read - Kiran Bedi Removed As Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Telangana Governor Given Additional Charge
Now, President Ram Nath Kovind will issue a proclamation that would say that the powers of the state legislature will be exercised under the authority of Parliament, said officials. Due to the special status enjoyed of J-K, Article 356 cannot be invoked to impose President’s Rule. As per section 92 of J-K constitution, the state is placed under Governor’s rule for the first six months and it can be followed up with President’s rule after that, thus extending the Centre’s rule. Also Read - Courtesy Visit: West Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Meets Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar
Governor’s rule was imposed in J-K when the BJP withdrew its 25 legislators from its coalition with the PDP, reducing the latter to a minority. On November 21, Malik dissolved the 87-member state assembly minutes before the PDP could stake a claim with the backing of the National Conference and the Congress.
The Governor has to dissolve the assembly after the completion of six months so that the state comes directly under President’s rule for the next six months. During this time, polls have to be held in the state. In case elections do not take place, then President’s rule can be extended by another six months.