A Governor’s rule has been imposed on J&K for the eighth time in four decades. With President Ramnath Kovind’s approval of a Governor’s rule under section 92 of Indian constitution in the state, NN Vohra is going to preside over state affairs for the fourth time in a row.
The situation boiled down to this after a belligerent BJP pulled itself out of the ruling dispensation in the state comprising of Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP and the BJP.
Soon after an announcement was made regarding this, the Chief Minister Mehbooba tendered her resignation to the governor, leaving only one political choice of a governor’s rule in the state.
Following the President’s approval, governor NN Vohra will be presiding over the state. He’s doing do for the fourth time, having overseen governor’s rule in 2008, 2015 and 2016.
Vohra was set to complete his second term in a few days, but he is now set to continue in Raj Bhavan at least till the conclusion of ‘Amarnath Yatra’ on August 26.
BJP timed its move quite well. With J&K having a provision for governor’s rule for six months, the BJP leadership is keen to let this period run as close to the end of 2018 as possible. The calculation is that if the six months ended in December, it would be too close to the Lok Sabha elections to be scheduled ahead of the national polls.
The electoral process for the Lok Sabha is expected to begin to unroll from March onward. The end of the coalition, on a day of intensive political action in New Delhi and Srinagar, came two days after the Centre decided to resume counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir, suspended for a month for Ramzan.
“It has become untenable for the BJP to continue its alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing,” BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said at a press conference to announce the decision to end its almost 40-month-old alliance.
The governor’s rule, which is specific to J&K, could be followed by President’s rule and this would also delay the assembly election. But the conversion of governor’s rule to President’s rule would need ratification by Parliament.
Before this imposition of governor’s rule on J&K, the state has seen an accumulated 6 years and 264 days of governor’s rule.