The Hush Post: President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. This came a day after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Following the President’s approval, Governor NN Vohra will preside over the state. He’s doing this for the fourth time, having overseen governor’s rule in 2008, 2015 and 2016.
With J&K having a provision for Governor’s rule for six months, the BJP leadership would be keen to let this period come to close at least till the year-end. The calculation is that if the six months ended in December, it would be very close to the Lok Sabha elections to be held next year.
Governor’s rule — which is specific to J&K — could be followed by President’s rule and this may also delay the assembly elections. But the conversion of governor’s rule to President’s rule requires ratification by Parliament.