Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said that the State was all set for President’s rule in January as there were no plans to dissolve the Assembly yet.
Mr. Malik was in Delhi to launch a book written by Amitabh Mattoo, academic, who was Adviser to Mehbooba Mufti when she was J&K Chief Minister.
Since J&K has a separate Constitution, Governor’s rule is imposed under Section 92 for six months after an approval by the President.
In case the Assembly is not dissolved within six months, President’s rule under Article 356 is extended to the State. Governor’s rule expires in the State on January 19.
Governor Mr. Malik said, “There are no plans to dissolve the Assembly. There are various civic issues which will be affected by this move. The decision to hold fresh Assembly elections in the State lies with the Centre and the Election Commission. I will give the report when asked for.”
Mr. Malik said the voter turnout in the first phase of panchayat polls on Saturday was unprecedented and comparable to Kerala figures. The Kashmir Valley recorded a 62.1% polling, a jump from the civic election figure of 35.1% last month.