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Indian-held Kashmir was brought under New Delhi's direct rule Friday after political rivals failed to agree on a power-sharing coalition, AFP reported.
According to the report, the desicion came after pro-India political parties failed to form a coalition government following a fractured mandate in state legislature elections.
A federal government spokesman confirmed that President Pranab Mukherjee had placed Governor N. N. Vohra in charge of the state, the day after the acting chief minister stepped down.
The move comes more than two weeks after the December 23 announcement of results of the state elections which saw all parties fall way short of the 44 seats needed for an absolute majority.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, whose National Conference Party won only 15 seats after suffering an electoral meltdown, had stayed on as caretaker but he submitted his resignation to Vohra on Thursday.
According to the report, the imposition of direct rule means local representatives will have no say in the running of occupied Kashmir for the timebeing.
India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have capitalized on the Hindu vote in the area of Jammu to increase its vote share, while many in occupied Kashmir voted for a variety of regional parties.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.
The two countries have fought three wars – in 1948, 1965 and 1971 – since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir.
Since 1989, Kashmiri resistance groups in IHK have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.
More than 70,000 people have reportedly been killed in the conflict so far.Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2015, 12:16