President rule set to be imposed in Indian occupied Kashmir

President rule set to be imposed in Indian occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR - President’s rule is set to be imposed in the Indian Occupied Kashmir after a report by Governor Satya Pal Malik, officials said on Tuesday.

The Union Cabinet gave its go-ahead for President’s rule after Wednesday (December 19), a Home Ministry official told *IANS*.

A communication from Governor’s office was sent to the central government and subsequently, it was moved to the Union Cabinet for its nod, *India Today* link reported.

The official said President Ram Nath Kovind will have to issue a proclamation declaring that the powers of the legislature of the state shall be exercisable by or under the authority of the Parliament.

The state plunged into a political crisis in June this year after People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government was reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by the 25-member Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.

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 legislative powers are vested with the Governor.

The Governor has to dissolve the Legislative Assembly after six months. The state then directly comes under President’s rule for another six months after which elections have to be held in the state.