Kashmir Political Pot's Boiling: Governor's Rule or New Governor?

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Srinagar, Aug 26: The political pot is boiling in Jammu and Kashmir and one is expected to see some changes soon in case the scenario does not improve. The Centre is reportedly upset with the handling of the Jammu and Kashmir unrest and is mulling a change in governor or impose Governor's rule in the state.

Sources say that there was a tough message to the J&K government from the Centre to act and restore peace. The J&K government is understood to have been given time till the end of August to improve the situation.

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J&K: New Guv or Governor's rule?

The two-day visit by Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh was seen as a last attempt by the Centre to restore peace. However, the Singh has also made it clear that the Centre would extend all support, but it would be the responsibility of the state government to implement measures and restore peace in the Valley.

New governor or Governor's rule

The role of the governor too has come under scrutiny of the union government. The Centre feels that the governor has a crucial role to play in such a time of crisis. A list of new names are already under consideration and the advise that the government has got is to avoid any person with an army or police background.

A top source in the government said that all options are being explored. There would be no knee jerk reaction on the issue, but changes have to be effected. Even if the Centre's rule is to be imposed in the state, then it would be done once a strong governor is appointed.

The Centre also feels that the state government must do more in such a situation. If the scenario does not improve then the Centre would consider drastic changes.

"It is one thing to blame Pakistan for fuelling the unrest. However, we too must ensure that drastic changes are in effect so as to bring the situation under control," the source informed.

On the issue of separatists, the Centre has not spoken to them. However, the government is in touch with representatives of all political parties who would in turn speak to the separatists and get an assessment of what demands they have, the source also said.

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