Governor's rule imposed in Jammu & Kashmir

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New Delhi, Jan 9: Governor's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday after political parties failed to muster the requisite number in the 87-member Assembly for staking claim to form the government.

The decision came after Governor N N Vohra submitted a report to the President last night stating that Omar Abdullah had requested to be relieved of the post of being a caretaker Chief Minister.

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The report contained some suggestions including the option of a spell of Governor's rule in the wake of no party getting the number required to form a government after the highly- fractured verdict in the Assembly elections, official sources said here.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had last night forwarded the report to the Prime Minister's Office for necessary action.

Governor's rule was imposed in the state under Section 92 of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution which allows the Governor to proclaim it in case of failure of Constitutional machinery in the state.

President Pranab Mukherjee is understood to have given his concurrence for Governor's rule which has been imposed in the state for the sixth time since 1977.

Omar had said the state needed a full-time administrator to deal with the situation along the border with Pakistan and providing relief to flood-affected people in the Kashmir Valley.

He was asked to continue as caretaker Chief Minister on December 24 after his resignation in the wake of defeat of his party, National Conference (NC), in the Assembly poll results declared on December 23.

In the Assembly polls that concluded on December 20, PDP with 28 seats emerged as the single largest party followed by BJP with 25 seats. The National Conference with 15 seats came third while Congress got 12 seats.

Following the hung verdict, BJP was in touch with both NC and PDP for government formation but nothing concrete emerged to break the deadlock.

The new Government was required to be constituted before January 19 when the term of the current Assembly expires. Omar's decision may have also hastened the Governor's decision to send a report to the Home Ministry.

OneIndia News

(With agency inputs)

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