Governor’s Rule In JK Imminent

8 July 2008

Srinagar: day after two major political parties, National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, refused to form the government following the resignation of Ghulam Nabi Azad as the chief minister, governor’s rule seems to be imminent in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources told Greater Kashmir on Tuesday that the governor, N N Vohra, had sent a detailed report to New Delhi about the present political situation in the state informing it of the refusal by various political parties to form the government and Azad’s refusal to continue as caretaker chief minister till the assembly elections scheduled later this year. Vohra on Monday held hectic consultation with various political parties including opposition National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, and National Panthers Party in pursuance of the constitutional consultative process to explore possibilities for installing a popular government. Sources said Vohra later spoke to the authorities at New Delhi about his meeting with the political parties and recommended imposition of the governor’s rule. “The notification to this effect is likely to be issued after July 10 after the prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, returns after attending the G-8 summit in Japan. The notification would need an approval by the union cabinet,” sources said. The state Congress had held a legislator’s party meeting Monday evening. It was reliably learnt that Azad has refused to continue as caretaker chief minister. Meanwhile, leaders of various political parties met Vohra on second consecutive day today to discuss the present situation. A deputation of opposition National Conference legislators from Jammu met Vohra and discussed the present law and order situation arising out of the forestland row in some areas of the region. Headed by the provincial president, Ajay Sadhotra, the deputation urged the governor to take immediate steps to defuse the law and order situation in the Jammu. “The deputation urged the governor to take measures for restoration of normalcy in the province and instill confidence in the people,” said Sadhotra. He said the deputation apprised Vohra of the steps the administration needed to take to restore power supply in Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts. “It will reduce the hardships being caused to the people of these areas due to power shutdown,” Sadhotra said. The deputation urged the governor to take possible steps to ensure the smooth conduct of the Yatra to the cave shrine and ensure comfort and welfare of the Yatris. “We conveyed it to the governor that National Conference is committed to secularism and would work to uphold the rich tradition of communal harmony in Jammu region,” Sadhotra said. Among others who accompanied Ajay Sadhotra included Rachpal Singh, MLA, Kalakote, Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, MLA Surankote, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, MLA Kishtwar, Abdul Gani Malik, MLA Gulabgarh, Muhammad Aslam Khan, MLA Rajouri, Doctor Chaman Lal, MLA Ramban, Devender Singh Rana, MLC, Tarlochan Singh Wazir, MLC, Ch. Bashir Ahmed Naz, MLC and M.R. Qureshi, MLC. The state Congress president, Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz, also met the governor. Talking to Greater Kashmir, he termed the meeting as informal. “It was a courtesy call on the governor and the meeting was informal,” said Prof Soz. The chairman, Peoples Democratic Front, Hakeem Muhammad Yasin too met the governor. Talking to Greater Kashmir later, he said it was now eminent that governor’s role would be imposed in the state. “I urged the governor that the atmosphere of the development and its pace created in the state should not suffer,” Yasin said. He said various elements were hell bent to communalize the situation in the state. “Now, the responsibility lies with the governor to control the situation and ensure law and order in the state,” Yasin said. Yasin said that he also urged the governor to ensure that due to the prevailing law and order problem in many parts of Jammu, Kashmir fruit industry should not suffer. Earlier chairman, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Party, Ghulam Hassan Mir, met the governor and discussed the situation emerging after the fall of government. “I discussed the present law and order situation in many parts of the state with the governor. I’m hopeful that the governor would put on efforts to control the present situation especially in many parts of Jammu,” Mir said. CHIEF SECRETARY, DGP MEET GOVERNOR With state heading for governor’s rule, the governor, NN Vohra called the chief secretary, SS Kapoor to Raj Bhawan on Tuesday to discuss the present situation. Kapoor said the meeting, which lasted for half an hour, discussed various issues of public interest. “The governor wanted a brief on various issues and assessment of present situation. We also discussed how to deal with the present situation,” Kapoor said. Vohra had also a separate meeting with Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khuda