Today, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said his administration wants the President’s Rule to end in the state as soon as possible but the final call on the timing of assembly elections will be taken by the Election Commission.

Mr. Malik told the reporters after inaugurating the second phase of the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover, “We want this (President’s Rule) to end as soon as possible. The final call on holding assembly elections in the state will be taken by the Election Commission”.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has recently said a decision on holding assembly elections in the state was the prerogative of the poll body. He also indicated after the completion of the Lok Sabha polls a decision could be declared.

In 2018, after the PDP-BJP alliance government fell as the BJP decided to pull out the alliance, Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor’s Rule. In order to allow the chances of a new combination of parties to form a government in the state, the state assembly was kept in suspended animation.

On November 21, 2018, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti claimed to form a new government with the support of the National Conference and the Congress. However, Mr. Malik decided to dissolve the assembly on the basis that he wanted to prevent horse-trading.

On December 19, 2018, President’s Rule was imposed on the state for a period of six months as the election could not be held within six months of the imposition. The President’s Rule will be extended again on June 19, 2019, as assembly elections have not been held so far.

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