Focus Shifts To Raj Bhawan, J & K Heads For Governor's Rule

7 July 2008

New Delhi: A day after the Ghulam Nabi Azad government bowed out of office, the focus has now shifted to Raj Bhawan as Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be brought under Governor's rule for the fourth time. Governor N N Vohra held consultations with leaders of major political parties yesterday on the latest political development in the state, Raj Bhawan sources said. With none of the parties willing to stake claim to form government, the state is heading for Governor's rule, they said. Omar Abdullah, president of the National Conference, the single largest party in the state assembly, informed the Governor that his party did not want to form government. The People's Democratic Party, whose decision to pull out of the ruling coalition over the Amarnath land row resulted in the resignation of the Azad government, is also not keen to form government. It has ruled tie-up with any other political party for this purpose, the sources said. This has left the Governor with little choice but to take over affairs of the state, the sources said. Vohra has sent a detailed report to the Centre on the latest political situation in the state and the Governor's rule is likely to be imposed in the next two days, they said.