Srinagar: President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday issued a proclamation by virtue of which Jammu and Kashmir has come under his rule after the expiry of six-months of Governor’s rule on December 19.
The decision was taken after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sent a report to the Government of India recommending imposition of President’s rule in the state.
The union cabinet had cleared the proposal to impose President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir from December 19, reports said on Wednesday. A communication from the governor’s office was sent to the Union Home Ministry which moved the union cabinet with the proposal for its nod.
Earlier, NC Patron Farooq Abdullah once again had called for elections in the state.
While talking to media after two former PDP leaders Basharat Bukhari and Peer Mohammad Hussain joined the NC, Abdullah said there should be elections in Jammu and Kashmir so that people will chose their representatives.
“I think Governor and the President’s Rule must come to an end. There should be elections and people must choose their representatives who can work,” Abdullah said.
Malik on November 21 dissolved the 87-member assembly shortly after People’s Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti staked claim to form a government with the support of the National Conference and the Congress. She cited a collective strength of 56 MLAs in the 87-member House.
Malik, in an event that had taken place on November 24, in Gwalior, had said that the Modi-led ruling government had wanted him to install Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference chief Sajad Lone as the region’s chief minister before the dissolution of the assembly last week.
If he had listened to “Delhi”, he would have become “dishonest forever”.
In an interview with India Today TV, Governor Malik said that there was no political pressure or interference from the government of India, and that he was “completely apolitical”.
Earlier, National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah, in a tweet ‘complimented’ the Governor for not allowing BJP and its proxies to form the Government in Jammu and Kashmir.
PDP President Mehbooba Mufti also said, in a tweet, that Governor Malik’s decision not to look up Delhi and dissolve the Assembly in JK is ‘unprecedented’, given the ‘history of democracy in the state.’
However, in a clarification, The J&K Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said that Governor of J&K Satya Pal Malik, while taking the decision to dissolve the Legislative Assembly, acted in an objective and impartial manner.
“There was no pressure or any kind of intervention from the Centre in the entire matter and some News Channels are misinterpreting Governor’s statement and putting them out of context to convey that there was pressure from the Central Government,” said a statement of the Raj Bhavan.