Governor's rule was imposed in Jammu & Kashmir as the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance will reportedly take some time to form the government again following the death of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Jammu & Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, with the approval of President Pranab Mukherjee, issued a proclamation on Saturday night announcing that the governor's rule has been imposed with effect from 8 January and will be lifted as soon as the alliance decides to form the government.
"... Governor NN Vohra issued a notification today (Saturday) to impose Governor's Rule in the state," IANS quoted Jammu Raj Bhavan spokesperson as saying.
"Considering the likelihood of some more time being taken, with the approval of the President, Governor's Rule was imposed with effect from January 8, 2016 under Article 92 (1) of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir," the spokesperson said.
Several reports have suggested that Sayeed's daughter Mehbooba Mufti will take over as the chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir. However, she has refused to take oath before the four-day mourning period ends.
The PDP has communicated to Vohra that 28 MLAs of the party are in support of Mehbooba succeeding her father. The BJP has also said that the alliance will take the decision after the fourth mourning day, PTI reported.
The 79-year-old veteran leader died of "multiple organ failure" at AIIMS in Delhi on Thursday morning, 14 days after he was admitted following a chest infection, according to an earlier IANS report.
His last rites were performed in Srinagar and he was buried at the Dara Shikoh Park in his hometown Bijbehara in South Kashmir's Anantnag district.