President Pranab Mukherjee has agreed to impose Governor's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, NDTV reported, after parties failed to come together to form a coalition after recent elections, and the outgoing chief minister was no longer interested in managing the state.
State governor N.N. Vohra had earlier held talks with leaders of major political parties in the state. He then sent his report to the centre recommending central rule, the report said.
This development is on expected lines, after weeks of jockeying by political parties did not led to anything. Omar Abdullah said yesterday he wanted to be relieved of his duties as caretaker chief minister.
Just to confirm I did meet Gov Vohra sahib last night & ask him to relieve me as caretaker CM. I had agreed to stay temporarily 1/n
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 8, 2015
Earlier today agencies reported the union home ministry has decided to act on Vohra's report and President Pranab Mukherjee might ratify governor's rule in the state.
According to reports quoting ministry sources, state governor N.N. Vohra is understood to have sent his report to the Centre on the continuing political deadlock in the state.
Abdullah said yesterday that it was his view that Jammu and Kashmir needs a permanent administrator, and that he had asked Governor Vohra to relieve of his caretaker responsibilities after his return from London where he had spent time with his parents. His father and former cabinet minister Farooq Abdullah had recently undergone a kidney transplant there.
Recently-held assembly elections in the state threw up a hung verdict, with the People's Democratic Party securing 28 seats and the BJP 25. The National Conference (15) and the Congress (12) came third and fourth respectively. Forty-four seats were required by any one party to stake a majority claim to form a government in the state. The state assembly has 87 members.