Jammu and Kashmir is headed for President's rule but the state assembly will not be dissolved for now, Governor Satyapal Malik said on Friday.
Mr Malik's statement comes amid speculation that efforts are being made to cobble together a coalition government, to succeed the PDP-BJP dispensation that collapsed in June.
However, the numbers for a government formation don't seem to add up for now.
Mr Malik himself is convinced that a popular government will not be possible. "I still do not see any government formation. No party has numbers so far and there is a clear message that nothing illegal will be allowed," he said.
"I still don't see any government formation from the present assembly but I do not wish to deprive people of their development. The MLAs can continue developing their respective constituencies and addressing the problems of the people," Malik told PTI.
Mr Malik had reversed his predecessor NN Vohra's order by restoring the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of members of the Legislative Assembly.
The fund had been put in suspended animation after the fall of the Mehbooba Mufti government on June 19. Mr Malik also authorised legislators to inaugurate projects and infrastructure related works in the state.
Asked whether the state was heading for a presidential rule, he said, "It is a normal course of action that after completion of six months of governor's rule, it will be followed by President's rule."
The state is under governor's rule which expires on December 19. Under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no provision for extension of Governor's rule.
President's rule can be imposed after the Union Cabinet, headed by the prime minister, makes a recommendation to the president to this effect following a report of the governor.
Under such circumstances, there is no need for the Centre to get parliamentary nod for extension of central rule beyond December 19.
While the Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir is imposed under Section 92 of the state's Constitution, President's rule is imposed under Article 356 of the Indian Constitution
Get the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on ndtv.com/elections. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates from each of the 543 parliamentary seats for the 2019 Indian general elections.