With PDP president Mehbooba Mufti unwilling to take oath as Chief Minister before the mourning period ended, Governor’s Rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, which is without a government following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.”Governor’s Rule has been imposed in the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” said a union home ministry statement.
The Governor’s Rule has been imposed retrospectively with effect from January 8. the Last time the state was brought under the Governor’s Rule was on December 23, 2014, after the state assembly election results threw up a hung verdict.
Consequent to Sayeed’s death, “the process to form a new government had commenced and intimations were still awaited as to the respective positions of the PDP and the BJP.
Though the late Mufi Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter Mehbooba Mufti is all set to succeed him as chief minister of the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government in the state, she had refused to take oath before the traditional four day period of mourning ended.
Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union minister Nitin Gadkari are scheduled to visit Srinagar to offer condolences to the family of late chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. Sonia Gandhi will visit Srinagar to offer her condolences to Mehbooba Mufti, a statement issued by the Congress said.