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Governor’s rule imposed in J-K: Vohra to visit Secretariat today, discusses Adm matters with CS

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NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday after political parties failed to muster the requisite number in the 87-member Assembly for staking claim to form the government.
The decision came after Governor N.N Vohra submitted a report to the President last night stating that Omar Abdullah had requested to be relieved of the post of being a caretaker Chief Minister.
The report contained some suggestions, including the option of a spell of Governor’s rule in the wake of no party getting the number required to form a government after the highly- fractured verdict in the Assembly elections, official sources said here.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had last night forwarded the report to the Prime Minister’s Office for necessary action.
Governor’s rule was imposed in the State under Section 92 of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution which allows the Governor to proclaim it in case of failure of Constitutional machinery in the State.
President Pranab Mukherjee is understood to have given his concurrence for Governor’s rule which has been imposed in the State for the sixth time since 1977.
Omar had said the State needed a full-time administrator to deal with the situation along the border with Pakistan and providing relief to flood-affected people in the Kashmir Valley.
He was asked to continue as caretaker Chief Minister on 24th December after his resignation in the wake of defeat of his party, National Conference (NC), in the Assembly poll results declared on 23rd December.
More than a fortnight after the results have been out, neither PDP which emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats nor BJP with 25 could get the magic figure of 44 to stake claim to form a government. NC has 15 MLAs while the Congress 12.
The new government was required to be constituted before January 19 when the term of the current Assembly expires.
Omar’s decision may have also hastened the Governor’s decision to send a report to the Home Ministry.
The State is witnessing such a stalemate for the second time in 12 years. A similar situation had arisen when Farooq Abdullah had asked the then Governor G.C Saxena to relieve him of being a caretaker Chief Minister as PDP and Congress were taking a lot of time in cobbling up numbers to form the government.
Despite intervention by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Abdullah refused to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister and Governor’s rule had to be imposed for a fortnight from 18th October, 2002.
Meanwhile, after taking over the reigns following imposition of Governor’s rule, Vohra will be visiting Secretariat tomorrow for a high level meeting with top officials to discuss major issues confronting the state.
The Governor shall be visiting the State Government Secretariat tomorrow for meeting with all the administrative secretaries and discussions with DG Police, Principal Secretaries – Planning and Finance Departments, Raj Bhawan official spokesman said.
After imposition of Governor’s rule, State Chief Secretary Iqbal Khanday today called on Vohra at the Raj Bhawan. Khanday apprised the Governor about the major issues in the administrative arena consequent to the resignation of Council of Ministers.
The Governor discussed several matters with the Chief Secretary, particularly the status of flood relief measures and the steps taken for providing relief to the victims of ceasefire violations across the International Border. PTI

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