The Governor’s rule ended on December 19 and President’s rule has been imposed in the state for the first time in 22 years
New Delhi: President’s rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after President Ram Nath Kovind signed a proclamation ordering imposition of central rule in the state from midnight on Wednesday.
The Governor’s rule ended on December 19 and President’s rule has been imposed in the state for the first time in 22 years.
The state plunged into a political crisis in June this year after the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government was reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by the 25-member BJP in the state.
Since the state has a separate Constitution, in such cases, six months of Governor's rule is compulsory under Article 92 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, under which all the legislative powers are vested with the Governor.
The Governor has to dissolve the Legislative Assembly after six months. The state then directly comes under President's rule for another six months after which elections have to be held in the state.
In case the elections are not declared, President's rule can be extended by another six months.
No Presidential proclamation shall, in any case, remain in force for more than three years except for the intervention of Election Commission of India which has to certify that the continuance in force of the Proclamation is necessary on account of difficulties in holding general elections to the Legislative Assembly
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Last Updated Dec 20, 2018, 11:34 AM IST