The Opposition seems divided over the issue of continuing with President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir. During a debate in Rajya Sabha on Monday, while some parties such as Trinamool Congress supported BJP in continuing with the President’s Rule, Congress and others objected to it.
The Congress has accused the Modi government of “betraying” the people of Jammu and Kashmir by imposing President’s rule in the state and demanded early assembly elections.
Initiating the debate on statutory resolution to extend President’s rule, Congress MP Viplove Thakur questioned why assembly elections were not held in the state along with the Lok Sabha polls.
Recently Home Minister Amit Shah announced that the government is preparing to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of this year. He also proposed extending the President’s Rule in the state for another six months.
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien said in Rajya Sabha that the party supports the proposal to extend President’s Rule. However, the party raised objections against no assembly elections being held in the state.
Samajwadi Party (SP) and Biju Janta Dal (BJD) also extended support for the extension.
AIADMK member SR Balasubramaniam said there should be central rule till election is held in the state. However, he questioned why assembly polls were not held with the general elections.
The bills to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir and to provide reservation for people living along international border were taken up jointly for debate by the Upper House.
The statutory resolution on extending President’s rule by another six months with effect from July 3, 2019 and Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 were approved by Lok Sabha on Friday.
Trinamool, SP and BJD also supported the J&K Reservation Bill on Monday in the Rajya Sabha.