President’s Rule To Be Imposed in Jammu & Kashmir From Midnight
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday, 19 December, signed a proclamation to impose President's rule in Jammu & Kashmir, according to an official statement.
President’s rule will come into effect from midnight today, reported news agency PTI.
The President’s rule signals the expiry of six-months of Governor's rule.
The union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision on Monday after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sent a report recommending imposition of President's rule in the state.
After the proclamation, the powers of the Legislature of the state shall be exercisable by or under the authority of Parliament, reported news agency PTI.
Since the state has a separate Constitution, in such cases, six months of governor's rule is compulsory under Article 92 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, under which all the legislature powers are vested with the governor.
The governor on 21 November dissolved the 87-member state assembly after the PDP, supported by the Congress and their arch rivals National Conference, had staked claim to form the government.
Simultaneously, the two-member People's Conference led by Sajjad Lone had also staked claim to form a government with 25 members of the BJP and other 18 unknown members.
The governor had dissolved the assembly citing horse trading and lack of stability to form a government as the reasons.