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Governor's Rule Imposed in Jammu & Kashmir

Published on June 22, 2018
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  • After the BJP pulled out of the three-year-old alliance with the People's Democratic Party
    Governor's Rule Imposed in Jammu & Kashmir
(PDP) in the state of Jammu & Kashmir resulting in the fall of the government in the state, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to Governor N.N Vohra.
  • The Governor then on the evening of 19 June 2018, sent a report to Union Home Ministry recommending Central rule in the State after.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect on Wednesday 20 June 2018.
  • It must be noted that President Kovind is on a three-nation tour, the proposal was sent to Suriname, his current stop.
  • According to a government official “When the Governor sent the proposal on Tuesday evening, the President was already in transit from Athens to Suriname. As soon as he touched down in Paramaribo, he signed the recommendation giving his assent to Governor's rule in J&K”.
  • Governor Vohra will be presiding over governor's rule in the state for the fourth time
  • He's done so previously in 2008, 2015 and 2016.
  • He was set to complete his second term in a few days, and is now set to continue till the conclusion of 'Amarnath Yatra' on 26 August 2018.
  • This is the eighth time in the last four decades that J&K was put under Governor’s rule.
What makes the Governor' rule in J&K different?
  • In case of failure of constitutional machinery in any other state of India, President’s Rule is imposed under Article 356 of the Constitution.

But in case of J&K :

  • As per Section 92 of state Constitution, Governor’s Rule is imposed in the state only after the consent of the President of India in case of failure of constitutional machinery for period of six months.
  • During the Governors rule, State Assembly is either suspended or dissolved.
  • If the Constitutional machinery is not restored before the expiry of this six month period, the provision of Article 356 of the Constitution of India are extended to J&K and the President’s rule is imposed in the State.
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