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Patch-up after tiff over J&K ?central rule?

The Prime Minister said in Lucknow on Friday that clamping president's rule on Jammu and Kashmir was one of the steps being considered to ensure free and fair assembly polls in the state.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2002 14:51 IST

In Srinagar, Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah reacted angrily, but by evening, the two had spoken over the phone and the "misunderstanding" appeared to have been cleared.
"What mechanism or constitutional power does the Centre have to impose president's or governor's rule in the state?" Farooq had demanded soon after Vajpayee made his statement.
"It is for the state government to decide whether or not there should be governor's rule. Last time we won the elections there was governor's rule in the state. What has happened now? Don't they trust us? And what about a similar action in Gujarat where the BJP rules?” he asked
In the evening, after both leaders had flown to Delhi, however, Vajpayee spoke with Farooq and explained his comment.
"The PM told him (Farooq) that all that he (Vajpayee) had said (in Lucknow) was that the Centre was committed to holding free and fair elections in J&K, and the suggestion of the imposition of president's rule was one of the options (under consideration)," said a PMO source.
Farooq was satisfied with the discussion, sources said.

First Published: Jun 29, 2002 14:51 IST