Srinagar, Jun 20: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra will be addressing the senior administration officers and security forces on Wednesday. The interaction is expected to be held in Srinagar. This comes a few hours after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state with immediate effect.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had announced its decision to pull out of the alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state citing growing terror activities and radicalisation in the valley making its continuance “untenable”.
Vohra’s recommendations for imposition of the Governor’s Rule was made under the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution which allows the state to be placed under the rule for six months. As per the state’s constitution, which runs concomitantly with the Indian Constitution, if an elected government fails to take office within the six-month period, the state can then be placed under the President’s rule.
It is for the fourth time that Vohra will be running the affairs of the state administration directly. The Governor’s Rule was first imposed in the state by then Governor L.K. Jha on March 26, 1977, when the Congress withdrew support to the minority government headed by Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah. In March 1986, it was imposed for the second time following the withdrawal of support by Congress to the G.M.Shah-led government.
In January 1990, the Governor’s Rule was imposed for the third time when the then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah resigned following the appointment of Jagmohan as the Governor of the state. It was imposed for the fourth time in October 2002 when Farooq Abdullah refused to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister following his party’s defeat in the Assembly elections.
This was the first time Vohra took over as the Governor.
In June 2008, the Governor’s Rule was imposed following the withdrawal of PDP’s support to the Ghulam Nabi Azad-led government.
In January 2015, following his party’s failure to get a majority in Assembly elections, Omar Abdullah refused to continue as caretaker Chief Minister pushing the state into the Governor’s Rule for the sixth time.
Following the death of the former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on January 7, 2016, Vohra assumed reins of administration imposing Governor’s Rule for the seventh time.
Vohra’s term of office was slated to end on June 25. Kovind however, extended Vohra’s term of office for three months.
Informed sources told IANS that Vohra has expressed his desire not to seek another term of extension. He will be completing 10 years in office on June 25. Unless Vohra agrees to continue, the appointment of a new Governor would become unavoidable by September 25.
(Inputs from IANS)