Once again the annual Amarnath Yatra would be conducted under the President’s Rule. Earlier it was held four times when Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Central rule under Governor N. N Vohra. The current innings of President’s Rule may not be lengthy as it is expected the assembly elections would be held after the Amarnath Yatra. The short stint of Central rule surely will give security forces the much needed upper hand without any political interference to be taken in manning the security and peace in the State. The Centre at any cost won’t allow any gamble to continue as it knows the high political cost of a terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra. Centre must have taken into consideration the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley and the safety of the yatris also. No doubt the burden would be double on the security forces as there is still a palpable silence prevailing on the borders which could not be construed as calmness and ceasefire has no value for the neighbour. Under President’s Rule, the Centre can initiate tough security measures without being weighed down by any political compulsions. The earlier alliance partner PDP has seen to pursue a ‘soft separatism’ political line and was always at odds with the BJP’s ‘nationalist’ stance and its advocacy of scrapping Article 370 and amending laws like Article 35A that accord special privileges to State residents. This is likely to be the last extension of the central rule in the State as the Election Commission had stated that elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be announced after the annual Amarnath Yatra beginning on July 1. The present term of President’s rule is expiring on July 2 and the Governor has recommended that the President rule in the state may be extended for a further
period of six months with effect from July 3.
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