A day after Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra sent a report to the Centre saying there was a “political deadlock” in the state, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) forwarded the report suggesting “Governor’s Rule” to the PMO. The PMO after taking a look at the note, will now present it before the council of ministers and the matter will be discussed before the Cabinet.
Sources said a Cabinet meeting could be called soon to discuss the political deadlock as none of the parties have reached a consensus for government formation in the state.
On Thursday night, caretaker Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also sent his request to the governor to be relieved from the position. Following this request, Vohra suggested governor’s rule in the state.
“Once the Cabinet has taken a decision, the President will also be informed of the decision and he would have the final say on the matter,” said a senior government official.
J&K elections concluded on December 20 with PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 seats, BJP with 25 seats, National Conference with 15 and Congress 12 seats. If there is no decision on government formation till January 19, then a governor’s rule is imminent.
Omar Abdullah tweeted Thursday, “Just to confirm I did meet Gov Vohra sahib last night and asked him to relieve me as caretaker CM. I had agreed to stay temporarily…Given the situation on the border and 10,000 displaced, the hardships of winter and the continuing need for relief for flood affected, I believe the interests of the state will only be served by a full-time administrator and not a caretaker with no mandate to govern.”