President’s rule enforced in J&K on governor Malik’s recommendation

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JAMMU: Following recommendation by Governor Satya Pal Malik,the Central Government has approved imposition of President’s rule in the State after completion of Governor’s rule on December 19 and a proclamation to this effect was expected to be issued by President Ram Nath Kovind in the next two days.


With the imposition of President’s rule in the State, the powers of Legislature which were vested with the Governor for six months during the Governor’s rule, will shift to Parliament, where ruling NDAdoesn’t command majority in Rajya Sabha. However, it has majority in Lok Sabha.
Apart from the powers of legislation, majorfinancial powers will also shift to the Parliament, official sources told theExcelsior pointing out that it was in this context that the Governor hadapproved the State budget for financial year 2019-20 a day before and clearedthree legislations on Cooperative Banks and bovine breeding today.
Sources said the Governor had recentlyrecommended to the Union Home Ministry the imposition of President’s rule inJammu and Kashmir after expiry of six-month Governor’s rule in the State onDecember 19.
“After receiving recommendation from theGovernor, the Union Home Ministry headed by Rajnath Singh put the proposalbefore the Cabinet, which has given nod to imposition of President’s rule inthe State,” sources said, adding that following the Cabinet nod, the HomeMinistry has sent the proposal to Kovind for issuance of proclamation imposingPresident’s rule in the State.
Kovind’s proclamation will declare that thepowers of the Legislature of the State shall be exercisable by or under theauthority of Parliament, which was till now vested with the Governor ofJ&K.
“As Jammu and Kashmir has a separateConstitution, in such cases, six months of Governor’s rule is compulsory underArticle 92 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, under which all theLegislature powers are vested with the Governor. The powers shift to theParliament only after imposition of President’s rule in the State,” sourcessaid.