President Ram Nath Kovind approved governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Union home ministry said.
Governor NN Vohra recommended imposition of central rule in his report to the President, a copy of which was also forwarded to the home ministry, after Mehbooba Mufti resigned as the chief minister.
The BJP ended its almost 40-month-old alliance with Mufti’s PDP, saying it had become impossible to continue in the government in view of the growing radicalism and terrorism in the state.
The end of the coalition, on a day of intensive political action in New Delhi and Srinagar, came two days after the Centre decided to resume counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir, suspended for a month for Ramzan.
Although the second term of governor Vohra, 82, is ending on June 27, he is expected to continue in office, at least until the completion of the Amarnath yatra, which passes through south Kashmir districts. The annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine ends on August 26.
Security for the Amarnath yatra was a paramount concern when the government decided on Monday not to extend the month-long Ramzan halt on counter-insurgency operations.
The BJP can also exercise direct control through governor’s rule and decide how money is spent between the three regions of the state: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, reports Hindustan Times.