President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the eighth time in the last four decades J&K was put under Governor’s rule and third time under J&K Governor N N Vohra tenure.
President’s approval comes after J&K Governor N N Vohra sent his report to President recommending imposition of Governor’s rule in the state day after Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP government collapsed with BJP ending the three-year-old alliance with PDP, prior to completion of six-year term of the current Assembly which was going to end in March, 2021. No major political party showed interest in forming or continuing any coalition for government in the state. With Governor’s rule, J&K Legislative Assembly has been put under suspended animation.
Governor’s Rule in Jammu & Kashmir
In case of failure of constitutional machinery in any other state of India, President’s Rule is imposed under Article 356 of the Constitution. But in case of J&K, as per Section 92 of state Constitution, Governor’s Rule s imposed in the state only after the consent of the President of India in case of failure of constitutional machinery for period of six months. During the Governors rule, State Assembly is either suspended or dissolved. If the Constitutional machinery is not restored before the expiry of this six month period, the provision of Article 356 of the Constitution of India are extended to J&K and the President’s rule is imposed in the State.