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Srinagar June 19: This afternoon Governor NN Vohra received a letter by fax, jointly signed by Ravinder Raina and Kavinder Gupta, state BJP president and leader of BJP Legislature Party, respectively about their withdrawing support to the coalition government, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said.

Following this, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tendered her resignation and the Governor has asked her to continue in office till alternative arrangements are made, the spokesperson said.

He said Governor also spoke to Kavinder Gupta and Mehbooba Mufti to ascertain whether their respective political parties intended to explore alternative alliances to form the government of the state and was informed in the negative by both the leaders.

Governor also spoke to GA Mir, president J&K Congress party, who informed that his party did not have the numerical strength to form government on its own or in alliance.

Later, Governor had a meeting with National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah, who also stated that there was no alternative to Governor’s rule and elections, the spokesperson said.

He said after concluding his consultations with all the major political parties in J&K, Governor Vohra has forwarded his report to the President of India for imposition of Governor’s rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.

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