Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that he wants President’s rule to end in the state as soon as possible however the final call on the Assembly elections will be taken by the Election Commission.
Asked if some officials within his administration were not keen on transfer of power to an elected government in the state, the governor said there was nothing like that in his notice.
“We want this (President’s Rule) to end as soon as possible. The final call on holding assembly elections in the state will be taken by the Election Commission,” Malik told reporters after inaugurating the second phase of the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover.
Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor’s Rule on June 19, 2018 after the PDP-BJP coalition government fell as the BJP decided to pull out of the alliance.
Malik also apologized to the people for restrictions on civilian movement on the Jammu and Kashmir Highway.
The state was brought under President’s Rule on December 19, 2018 for a period of six months as elections could not be held within six months of imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state. The President’s Rule will have to be extended again on June 19, 2019 as assembly elections have not been held so far. The order for extending President’s rule will have to be ratified by Parliament.