Bitter political blame game erupts as Jammu and Kashmir comes under governor’s rule

Jammu, Ishfaq-ul-Hassan: Jammu and Kashmir was formally placed under the governor’s rule on Friday when governor NN Vohra issued a proclamation under Section 92(1) of the Constitution of J&K, sparking a bitter political blame game between the rival political parties.

Mehbooba Mufti, Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah, Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi

“As none of the political party or parties has so far staked claim to form the next government, the governance of the state cannot be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the state. Consequently, with the approval of the President of India, governor’s Rule has been imposed in the state under Section 92(1) of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from January 8,” said an official spokesman.

It is third time since 2002 that governor’s rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2002 the then chief minister Farooq Abdullah refused to be caretaker chief minister prompting the then governor GC Saxena to impose the governor’s rule. Later in 2008, Governor’s rule was also imposed in 2008 when Ghulam Nabi Azad quit as the chief minister after PDP withdrew support over the Amarnath land row. Unlike other states, J&K has to be placed under governor’s rule for six months before president’s rule is imposed in the state.

Cycle has completed its full circle and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is akin to 2002 when PDP and Congress had to fast-track the alliance after the brief spell of governor’s rule to form the government with both parties agreeing to rotational chief minister with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed getting the first three years.

This time however the alliance of PDP with BJP is going in knots and political pandits claim that the government formation may stretch after the Delhi elections.

“In the past two weeks, the governor held consultations with PDP and BJP leaders, which had secured the largest and the second largest number of seats in the state assembly respectively.

However, no party or group of parties has so far stake claim to form the next government in the State,” the spokesman said.

On January 7, Omar Abdullah informed the governor that he had decided to step down as the caretaker chief minister with immediate effect. Soon after the proclamation a bitter political war broke out with both PDP and National Conference accusing each other for precipitating the crisis in the restive Jammu and Kashmir.

“Flood restoration & rehabilitation is suffering, accountable administration is absent & there is a humanitarian problem on the border… It’s been months since the state had a full-fledged administration & the people can’t wait for Mufti Syed to negotiate his six year term,” Omar tweeted

PDP blamed Omar directly for the governor’s rule crisis saying he precipitated the crisis. “I think this is an interim arrangement and it could provide a relax atmosphere for the parties to hammer out a solution to very knotty problem. January 19 (deadline to form the government) is now irrelevant,” said Naeem Akthar, chief spokesman of PDP.

BJP said the centre has deemed it fit to impose the governor rule because there was no way out. “As a responsible political party which has got mandate, we will try our best to install a stable government in J&K as soon as possible,” said Khalid Jahangir, BJP spokesman.

National Conference said BJP and PDP for playing pity politics about the government formation and the delay in forming the government has added to the miseries of the flood ravaged people of the state.

“The so-called tussle between BJP and PDP over ideological issues is not about Article 370 or AFSPA but both of these power hungry parties are fighting for CM’s chair and other important cabinet portfolios,” said Mustafa Kamal, additional general secretary of NC.

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