Jammu and Kashmir on January 9 came under governor’s rule after governor NN Vohra issued proclamation under Section 92(1) of the Constitution of the state.
After receiving concurrence from President Pranab Mukherjee, governor Vohra issued the notification to impose governor’s rule in state, as formation of government was taking time.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s chief ministerial candidate Mehbooba Mufti, who is in a state of mourning over her father’s demise, “may not take the oath as early as expected.”
A Raj Bhavan spokesperson said consequent to the sudden passing away of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7, 2016, the process to form government had commenced and intimations were still awaited about the respective positions of PDP and BJP.
Raj Bhavan has earlier asked PDP president Mehooba Mufti and BJP president Sat Sharma to clear their position on government formation by January 9 afternoon.
This is the seventh time that J&K has come under the governor’s rule and the third time during the term of N N Vohra.
Sources said the PDP president is in deep shock and has been devastated by the death of her father. In the wake of this, they said that it will not be easy for her to accept this big responsibility.
Till she makes her mind, the governor’s rule will be continued in the state.
Mehbooba Mufti is currently member of Lok Sabha, representing Anantnag Constituency of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the presence of the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, at the residence of Muftis has sent indications that Congress is again trying to forge an alliance with PDP.
However, GhulumNabi Azad denied any such development and said, that his visit to Muftis should not be politicised. He said that Sayeed was his good friend and the purpose of visiting his ancestral village was to show respect for him.
The BJP, the junior coalition partner which has 25 members in the 87-member Assembly, has made it clear that they don’t have any problem in making Mehooba Mufti as chief minister.
“It is for PDP to decide who will be their leader…Our alliance is with PDP,” BJP vice president and its Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna had said.
The sudden death of Sayeed has left BJP with little choice but to go with PDP. However, Mehbooba has the option to walk out and tie up with the Congress or even the National Conference, waiting on the sidelines.
Several state BJP leaders have expressed reservations on supporting her, one because of her lack of experience and her passionate espousal of her party’s ‘self-rule’ concept, which used to be dubbed “as soft separatism” by many in BJP.
They know that dealing with Mehbooba will be somewhat different from dealing with her father, who was known for a balanced approach towards difficult issues.
Meanwhile, the controversial MLA of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdul Rasheed known as Engineer Rasheed has said that PDP still has the chance to correct the mistake which they had done in the past by going with the BJP.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is arriving today in Srinagar to offer condolences to the Mufti family.