Jammu and Kashmir to face governor’s rule again?

New Delhi: With BJP pulling out from its alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir and Mehbooba Mufti resigning minutes later on Tuesday, the legislative assembly of the state now needs a new alliance to prove its majority.

The BJP has sought Governor’s rule in the state to “stabilise and improve” the situation in the state.

Although it’s highly unlikely, the first and the most immediate option is that Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Farooq Abdullah National Conference (NC) form an alliance. Since the chances of PDP and NC coming together are very bleak, we can see J&K heading towards governor’s rule for now.

Narinder Nath Vohra was elected as the governor of J&K on June 25, 2008.

However, this is not the first time that the state will witness governor’s rule. Here is a list of past instances when J&K faced a similar situation:

January 8, 2016 – April 4, 2016

After chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died, the state faced governor’s rule for 87 days

January 9, 2015 – March 1, 2015

Due to failure of government formation after fractured verdict in assembly elections, the state faced the same fate for 51 days. Later, BJP & PDP reached an understanding to enter into an alliance to form government

July 11, 2008 – January 5, 2009

Then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s decision to transfer land for Amarnath pilgrimage led to PDP pulling out of coalition government. This led to governor’s rule in the state for 178 days due to loss of majority following collapse of coalition

October 18, 2002 – November 2, 2002

For 15 days due to indecisive outcome of state elections

January 19, 1990 – October 9, 1996

For six years and 264 days, the state was ruled by the governor due to insurgency and breakdown of law and order

March 6, 1986 – November 7, 1986

For 246 days due to loss of majority on the floor of the House

March 26, 1977 – July 9, 1977

When Sheikh Abdullah-led National Conference government bowed out after being reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by the Congress Party, the governor ruled the state for 105 days