Governor's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday after polls left a hung assembly and political parties failed to cobble together a coalition government.
Governor N.N. Vohra imposed the six-month's of governor's rule under section 92 of the Jammu and Kashmir constitution, officials said.
"After receiving concurrence from the president, under section 92 (5) of the Jammu and Kashmir constitution, Vohra issued a proclamation under section 92 (1) of the constitution to impose governor's rule in the state," a Raj Bhavan release here said on Friday.
After the polls concluded in November and December 2014 in the state, and declaration of results Dec 23 2014, outgoing chief minister Omar Abdullah had tendered his resignation on 24 December, 2014, it said.
"While accepting his resignation, Omar Abdullah had requested to continue in office till "alternative arrangements are made", it said.
The governor held consultations during the past two weeks with the leaders of Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party, the two parties which had secured the largest and the second largest number of seats in the state assembly, respectively.
"However, no party or group of parties has so far staked claim to form the next government in the state," it said.
"On 7 January, 2015, Omar Abdullah informed the governor that he had decided to step down as the caretaker chief minister of the state with immediate effect."
"With the approval of the president, the governor' s rule has been imposed in the state with effect from 8 January, 2015."