Governor's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday after the delay in response by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over government formation in the state, following the demise of incumbent chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
After receiving concurrence from the President of India, Governor N.N. Vohra issued a Proclamation today to impose Governor's Rule in the State.
A Raj Bhavan spokesperson stated that consequent to the sudden passing away of Chief Minister Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on 7th January 2016, the process to form government had commenced and intimations were still awaited about the respective positions of PDP and BJP.
Considering the likelihood of some more time being taken before government can be formed, with the approval of the President of India, Governor's Rule has been imposed in the State with effect from 8th January, 2016, under Section 92(1) of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.
This is the second time in past one year that governor's rule has been imposed in the state.
Earlier, such rule was imposed in the state on January 9, 2015 after assembly polls of 2014 threw a hung verdict.
The rule is likely to last for only a few days until PDP President and Sayeed's daughter Mehbooba, 'devastated' by father's death, decides to go ahead with the swearing-in ceremony.