"If Peoples Democratic Party president and Sayeed's daughter Mehbooba Mufti insists on not taking oath till the end of mourning for her father on the fourth day (Sunday) as per Islamic traditions, Governor NN Vohra will have no option but to impose a short spell of Governor's rule," senior lawyer Sheikh Shakeel said.

"The Governor will have to use extraordinary powers vested in him by the constitution to keep the assembly in suspended animation till he works out the possibility of a democratically elected government in Jammu and Kashmir," he cited.

Under the J&K constitution, the Governor can assume the reins of the state for six months in case of a constitutional crisis whereas President's rule is imposed in other states in the country. "When head of the council of ministers (Chief Minister) in the state ceases to exist for whatever reason, the council also ceases to exist," Shakeel said.

He added the party with the largest number of MLAs in the 87-member assembly must immediately approach the governor to claim support of the majority in the house. "The Governor will then invite the person for the swearing-in after satisfying himself about the claim's genuineness."

"The person sworn in as Chief Minister later submits a list of council of ministers to the governor who will then administer the oath of office individually to each such member," Shakeel said.

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