Srinagar, June 19: Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra on Tuesday forwarded his report to President Ram Nath Kovind for the imposition of Governor’s rule in the State after the PDP-BJP coalition collapsed.
The State has come under the Governor’s rule on seven occasions before in the past four decades.
In all states of India, the State Government’s failure results in President’s rule. The process is slightly more nuanced in J&K where not the President’s but Governor’s rule is imposed.
Under the provision of Section 92 of the J&K Constitution, Governor’s rule is imposed for six months, but only after the consent of the President of India. The Constitution of India grants special status to J&K among Indian states, and it is the only state in India to have a separate Constitution and regulations specific to it.
The President’s rule in other states of India is imposed under Article 356 of the Constitution of India. Under the Governor’s rule, the state Assembly is either kept in suspended animation or dissolved. If it is not possible to restore the state machinery before the expiry of the six-month period, the provision is extended. Article 370 of the Constitution of India states that Parliament of India and the Union government jurisdiction extends over limited matters with respect to state of J&K and in all other matters not specifically vested in federal governments, actions have to be supported by the state legislature. (Agencies)