President Ram Nath Kovind Approves Imposition Of Governor's Rule In Jammu And Kashmir

| June 20 , 2018 , 09:09 IST

A day after the resignation of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday approved the imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.

The resignation of Mufti took place soon after the BJP announced its withdrawal from the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) alliance in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra had on Tuesday forwarded his report to the President of India regarding the imposition of Governor's Rule in the state under Section 92 of the Constitution. This will mark the 4th time in the last 10 years that a Governor's rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir.

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In 2015, after the Jammu and Kashmir state election results showed a hung assembly with the BJP with 25 seats and the PDP with 28 seats, both parties formed a coalition government despite having ideological differences on various issues.

The most recent strain in the relations between the PDP and the BJP was the Centre's decision to not continue with the unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir after the month of Ramzan, as had been pushed for by the PDP.

In the wake of strained relations, BJP president Amit Shah had called the Jammu and Kashmir BJP MLAs and top leaders to Delhi on Tuesday for an urgent meeting, sparking rumours of a possible breakup of the state coalition government. 

Later on Tuesday, BJP spokesperson Ram Madhav confirmed the withdrawal of BJP from the PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have taken a decision, it is untenable for BJP to continue in alliance with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir, hence we are withdrawing," Ram Madhav said.

CM Mehbooba Mufti's resignation was announced soon after.