Azad resigns, J&K heads for Prez Rule
Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned as the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister on Monday without facing a confidence vote on his government.
Governor NN Vohra accepted his resignation but requested him to continue in office till alternative arrangements were made. President’s Rule is likely to be imposed in the state. Elections in Jammu and Kashmir are scheduled in October.
Azad, whose government was reduced to minority following withdrawal of the PDP from the coalition with the Congress last month, was supposed to face a trust vote on Monday. But Azad withdrew as he did have the required numbers.
Addressing the House, Azad said he had the support of several members of parties which wanted him out but they were bound by party whip. The opposition National Conference and PDP had issued whip to their members to vote against the government. “I don’t want to put them (members of rival parties who support him) to any embarrassment. I seek the permission of the Speaker to withdraw vote of confidence motion,” he said.
The PDP had pulled out of the government after violence in Kashmir over a cabinet decision to transfer land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.