Union Cabinet approves President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for another six months

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the extension of the President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir which is slated to end in the valley on July 2. The President rule has been further extended for the next 6 months.

As per the Official statement released by the Union Cabinet, it has been stated that ‘Based on the prevailing situation in the state as stated in the report of Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for a further period of six months with effect from July 3, 2019, under article 356(4) of the Constitution of India’.

The Political Crisis in the Jammu and Kashmir occurred in June last year when PDP led Coalition Government was reduced to a minority in 87-member assembly after the withdrawal of support by 25 Bharatiya Janata Party’s  Lawmakers in the state.

The Governor Satya Pal Malik had in November last year dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly citing reports of Horse-Trading, and possible exchange of money to gain power. Later, Governor Satyapal Malik said “Delhi wanted Sajad, But I didn’t want to be ‘Dishonest’.

Earlier, President Rule was implemented in the valley after 6 months rule Governor ended on December 20 last year.

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The Union Cabinet meeting that was chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi also gave its nod to the ‘The Jammu and Kashmir’ Amendment Bill which will also be tabled in the upcoming Parliament Session slated to begin from June 17.

The Bill will replace the “The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) ordinance,2019 via by amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004. This will also bring citizens residing in the areas adjoining International Border within the ambit of reservation.

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