New Delhi: The Centre has imposed President’s rule in Jammu And Kashmir after the expiry of six-months of Governor’s rule, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation in this regard. President’s rule will come into effect from midnight today.

The decision was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Union cabinet meeting held on Monday. 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.

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said, “I think Governor and President’s rule must come to an end. There should be elections. People must choose their representatives who can work.”

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.

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.