In a move by Centre, the President's rule has been extended in Jammu and Kashmir for the next six months.
The development emerged after a Cabinet meeting that was chaired by Prime Minister Modi with the fresh council of Ministers on Wednesday.
As per a report submitted by Governor of the state, Satya Pal Malik to the Union Ministry specified that the condition of the state is not conducive to hold assembly elections, thus the decision to extend President's rule was taken.
On June 4, the Election Commission had announced that the pending Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be announced following the conclusion of the Amarnath Yatra that will commence from July 1.
They further announced that the Election Commission will 'regularly and on a real-time basis' keep a tab on the situation in the state. In a meeting conducted by the Election Commission on May 1, it said that the poll panel will 'seek clarification on certain aspects' from the Home Ministry and will also 'seek the opinion of an eminent legal expert in the context of ongoing President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir'.
Following the collapse of the BJP-PDP government in June 2018, the state was under the Governor's rule since June 19 last year and after six months was brought under the President's rule on December 19 last year.
The news comes on the day when a terror attack occurred in the state, wherein 5 CRPF were martyred in South Kashmir's Anantnag.
According to the CRPF statement, the incident occurred at KP Chowk as motorcycle-borne terrorists opened fire with automatic rifles followed by the hurling of grenades on security forces deployed at the location.
Station House Officer (SHO) is critically injured, along with the civilian who sustained foot injuries.
Soon after the attack, the whole area has been cordoned off by the additional reinforcement of police, SOG, army, and CRPF.