Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved a bill in Rajya Sabha on Monday to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir by another six months.
The state has been under Governor’s rule and subsequent President’s Rule since June last year after the Mehbooba Mufti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP) broke its alliance with the BJP.
The move comes in after the legislators questioned the delay in conducting Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The Election Commission earlier announced that they are considering conducting polls in the state by the end of this year.
Placing the bill, Shah said that keeping all stakes in mind it is only logical to extend President’s Rule by another six months in the state.
The President’s Rule which is due to end in July 2 was first proclaimed in the state on January 3, 2019.
Talking about conducting the Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said that the EC had decided to hold elections by the end of this year keeping the ongoing religious festivities of Ramzan and Amarnath Yatra, migration of the Gujjar-Bakarwal community and the security situation in the state.
Shah also moved the Upper House to discuss and pass the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill 2019 earlier on Monday.