Centre mulling holding Jharkhand polls early next year

The Centre is mulling the option of holding Assembly elections in Jharkhand, which is under President`s rule, by early next year.

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2009, 21:25 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre is mulling the
option of holding Assembly elections in Jharkhand, which is
under President`s rule, by early next year.

Home Ministry sources said a note will be prepared
soon for the Union Cabinet to recommend to the President for
dissolution of the 82-member Jharkhand Assembly, which is now
under suspended animation.

When the Assembly would be dissolved, the process for
the polls could be started by the Election Commission, they
said.

However, no final decision has been taken on it.

While seeking approval of President`s rule in
Jharkand, Home Minister P Chidambaram told Lok Sabha on July
14 that the government would hold assembly elections in the
state after monsoon.

"It is my desire that the new government should take
over as soon as possible in Jharkhand. I am sure the election
should be held soon after the monsoon," he had said.

The President`s Rule was imposed in Jharkhand on
January 19 for six months because of political instability
created by the resignation of Shibu Soren as Chief Minister
following his defeat in Assembly bypolls from Tamar
constituency.

It was again extended for another six months till
January 18.

Bureau Report