President's Rule to take effect in Jammu and Kashmir from midnight after Ram Nath Kovind signs proclamation

New Delhi: President's Rule will come into force in Jammu and Kashmir from midnight Wednesday after expiry of six months of Governor's rule, an official order said Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation paving the way for imposition of central rule in the state which plunged into a political crisis in June after the BJP withdrew support to the PDP government led by Mehbooba Mufti.

President Ram Nath Kovind during his address on the eve of 72nd Independence Day. Screengrab from Youtube

President Ram Nath Kovind during his address on the eve of 72nd Independence Day. Screengrab from Youtube

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.

Since the state has a separate Constitution, in such cases, six months of governor's rule is compulsory under Article 92 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, under which all the legislature powers are vested with the governor.

The governor on 21 November dissolved the 87-member state Assembly after the PDP, supported by the Congress and their arch rivals National Conference, had staked claim to form the government.

Simultaneously, the two-member People's Conference led by Sajjad Lone had also staked claim to form a government with 25 members of the BJP and other 18 unknown members.
The governor had dissolved the Assembly citing horse trading and lack of stability to form a government as the reasons.

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Updated Date: Dec 19, 2018 19:12:19 IST

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