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Centre likely to extend Governor NN Vohra’s term till Amarnath Yatra concludes

Sources said a decision has been taken to give Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, 82, three or six months of extension after the BJP pulled out its coalition government with PDP in the state.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2018 16:35 IST
Mir Ehsan
Mir Ehsan
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the BJP pulled out of its coalition government with PDP. (File Photo)

Narendra Nath Vohra is likely to get an extension as Jammu and Kashmir governor till the Amarnath Yatra concludes and the administration settles down, after the Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party and the state government fell.

Vohra was appointed governor in June 2008 and his second term ends on June 27. The Yatra, an annual pilgrimage through South Kashmir districts to a cave shrine in Amarnath, ends on August 26. Sources said that a decision has been taken to give Vohra, 82, three or six months of extension.

“It’s true Jammu and Kashmir will get a new Governor but for time being N N Vohra is the best choice and he will likely get an extension at least till Amarnath Yatra concludes,” said a senior BJP leader.

The Central government’s priority is to ensure security for the Yatra, as militancy in South Kashmir has increased in recent months. Vohra, as head of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, has been successfully organising the Yatra. His knowledge about Kashmir and its security scenario has come handy for the Yatra.

Jammu and Kashmir right now can’t afford to have a new governor who will need three to six months know the state, said a government source. “Governor Vohra has experience and the Centre will try to use his expertise to get things in the state administration settled. So there is every possibility he will be asked to continue to run this state,” said the source.

Vohra has good ties with leaders of all the mainstream political parties, including the BJP, which can significantly help in running the affairs of the governance in all the three regions of the state.

Sources said that after the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as chief minister in January 2016, the state came under Governor’s rule. In the almost four months of this period of governor’s rule development work accelerated and the administration looked geared up in the .

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 11:53 IST