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Governor's Rule Imposed in Jammu & Kashmir
Jan 10, 2015

Centre has recommended Governor's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir after the major parties failed to form government in in the state. Jammu and Kashmir went to polls recently in different phases. But the state has been deprived of a popular government as no major party—PDP (28 seats), BJP (25 seats), National Conference (15) and Congress (12)—could cobble up the figure of 44 seats in the 87-member state Assembly.

In his report, Governor N.N. Vohra  have recommended imposition of Governor's on the ground that immediate formation of government seems difficult in the state. Omar Abdullah also paved for a Governor's Rule by deciding not to continue as caretaker chief minister. He was asked to continue as caretaker Chief Minister on December 24 after his resignation in the wake of defeat of his party in the Assembly poll.

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, Farooq Abdullah refused to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister and the Governor's rule had to be imposed for a fortnight from October 18, 2002.

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