Hung J&K inches towards Guv rule

Hung J&K inches towards Guv rule

Parties fail to cobble up required numbers

Hung J&K inches towards Guv rule

In a dramatic turn of events, the NDA government is believed to have decided to impose governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with the separatists opposing the possibility of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coalition government.

The Centre is said to have made up its mind on the basis of a report received from Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra who listed a couple of options, including imposition of the governor’s rule, after leading parties failed to come up with numbers to cross halfway mark of 44 to form the government. 

The report to the Centre comes a day after caretaker Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah met Governor Vohra on Wednesday in Delhi and requested him to let him off the responsibility.

Omar himself had tweeted, “I did meet Gov Vohra sahib last night and ask him to relieve me as caretaker CM. I had agreed to stay temporarily.” He was asked to continue as caretaker chief minister on December 24 as he had put in his papers after losing the electoral battle.

Once the Union Home Ministry decides on the governor’s report, it would be placed before the Cabinet for its nod before President Pranab Mukherjee puts his stamp. A decision on the next state government has to be taken before the last week of this month.

The turnaround happened after separatists warned the PDP to stay away from stitching any alliance with the saffron party for coming to power.

The right wing party is not averse to imposition of governor’s rule in the Muslim-dominated state that witnessed highly fractured mandate in the Assembly polls. The single largest party, the PDP, has 28 seats, BJP has 25, NC 15 and Congress 12 in the 87-member Assembly.