J&K under Governor’s Rule; Mehbooba still reluctant

RSTV Bureau
FILE: File photo of J&K Governor NN Vohra with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and late CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Photo - PTI

FILE: File photo of J&K Governor NN Vohra with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and late CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Photo – PTI

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been placed under the Governor’s rule. The announcement was made late on Saturday of placing the sensitive state under the Governor’s rule with retrospective effect from Friday. The move has been necessitated following the demise of sitting Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 and the ruling coalition of PDP and BJP yet to announce the new chief minister.

“Governor’s rule has been imposed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said in Delhi.

Governor NN Vohra, exercising his powers under Section 92 of Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, issued a proclamation to impose Governor’s rule in the state. A Raj Bhawan spokesperson in Jammu said the Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state after receiving concurrence from the President of India.

“Considering the likelihood of some more time being taken before government can be formed, with the approval of the President of India, Governor’s Rule has been imposed in the State with effect from 8th January, 2016, under Section 92(1) of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Rajbahavan spokesperson told the press on Saturday.

Earlier, Governor NN Vohra had asked PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and state BJP chief to make their position clear on the issue. According to the ruling party, Mehbooba Mufti is reluctant to be sworn-in till at least a week as the state is in mourning.

Meanwhile, the two parties ruling the sensitive state of Jammu and Kashmir – PDP and BJP – have dismissed speculations of any differences over the issue of late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s successor.

New Delhi: File photo of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with his daughter Mehbooba Mufti in New Delhi in October 2005. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away at AIIMS in New Delhi on January 7, 2015. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: File photo of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with his daughter Mehbooba Mufti in New Delhi in October 2005. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away at AIIMS in New Delhi on January 7, 2015.
Photo – PTI

While, PDP has backed their party chief and Mufti Sayeed’s daughter Mehbooba Mufti, its ally BJP is expected to formally convey its support soon. Government ally BJP, which has 25 MLAs in the 87-member house, has deferred discussions on the succession issue till the four-day mourning period.

“There is no hurry on this issue. We will definitely be meeting after tomorrow’s ceremony for Mufti Sahib and take a decision,” BJP state president Sat Paul Sharma told the news agency on Saturday.

“There are certainly no conditions from our side and there was no meeting of our leaders on government formation,” he added further confirming that he had received a letter from the Governor on government formation but the party will take a decision on it only after Sayeed’s fourth day ceremony is observed tomorrow.

Earlier on Friday, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav held a meeting with party MLAs. Before the closed-door meeting with BJP legislators, Madhav while speaking to the press pack refused to divulge any details.

“I went to meet Mehbooba to express my condolences on the demise of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. We had some discussions over the future of the government but I will not be able to share more details about these deliberations right now,” he said.

On its part, the PDP too dismissed the speculations about any conditions set by either this party or the BJP for forming the new government

“We are not in any condition to discuss government formation at this moment so how can there be any talk of conditions,” senior PDP leader and former Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said adding that the party leadership including the president will discuss and decide on government formation at an “appropriate time”.

(With inputs from the PTI)