A day after the BJP-PDP coalition collapsed in Jammu and Kashmir, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state with immediate effect. This was the fourth time since 2008 and eighth time since 1977 that the Governor's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Tuesday, the Mehbooba Mufti-led government had crashed after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of its alliance with ruling the People's Democratic Party.
Following the crash of the government, Governor's NN Vohra had written to President Ram Nath Kovind for the imposition of Governor’s rule under Section 92 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir.
Although the "unholy and unnatural" PDP-BJP coalition never looked easy and its fall was inevitable, but, the sudden move by the saffron party still took Mufti by surprise and she was informed about the development by Governor Vohra and not its three-year-old ally.
Mufti handed over her resignation to Governor Vohra soon after the BJP announced break up. "Our agenda was healing touch, we can't treat Jammu and Kashmir as enemy territory, neither the muscular approach will work," she told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday.
Earlier, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, who was the key architect of the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir announced the breakup, saying that it had become "untenable" for the party to continue in the government.
"It had become untenable to continue with the PDP government in Kashmir," Madhav said, accusing Mufti of non-cooperation.