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Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu & Kashmir

Ever since the ‘fractured’ poll result in the state on December 23, and with political parties unable to cobble up a working arrangement, Governor’s rule always loomed large on the Himalayan state. With outgoing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday expressing a desire to be relieved of  his charge as caretaker CM, the Governor was not left with very many options.

On Thursday Vohra sent a report to the Centre mentioning a ‘political deadlock’ in the state and recommended imposition of governor’s rule. The move however has spurred fresh political activity with BJP president Amit Shah on Friday telling media persons  at Vijayawada that the BJP had not given up the desire to form the next government in the state and that they were in consultations with both the People’s Democratic Party and the National Conference.

Meanwhile, the National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday blamed each other for failing to form the government keeping the larger interest of the people at stake. Omar blamed PDP Chief Mufti Mohammed Sayeed for the deadlock, while PDP alleged that it was because of the former CM, the state was put under Governor’s rule.

“It’s been months since the state had a full fledged administration and the people can’t wait for Mufti Sayeed to negotiate his six-year term,” Omar tweeted.

“Yet the @jkpdp would like the limbo to continue as people suffer only so that Mufti can force a 6 yr term as CM from the BJP,” his tweet read. While terming PDP’s refusal as ‘amazing’ over taking support from NC, Omar tweeted, “For the @jkpdp to claim that my offer to them was a non-serious one is amazing. They know who the intermediary was so they should ask him.”

Earlier, on December 23, the NC had offered support to the PDP, which has 28 MLAs but it was not accepted by the PDP. “I’m sorry after an election with such a good turnout we have a situation of Governor’s rule but as I’ve maintained the onus lies with JKPDP,” he said.

Speaking to the Millennium Post PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar, said, “Still we have time till January 19 and our talks with various political parties are going on.” Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said, “In this present situation there are only two options. One is re-election in the state and another is they (state parties) have to walk two steps and we will walk one and half steps further.”
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