Jharkhand Assembly may be dissolved for early polls

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 00:04

New Delhi: Paving the way for early polls,
Jharkand Governor K Sankaranarayanan has recommended
dissolution of the state Assembly, which the Union Cabinet is
likely to consider next week.

Home Ministry sources said the government has received
the recommendation from the Governor, who feels the state is
now ready for elections.

The Ministry is preparing a note in this regard to
be discussed by the the Union Cabinet which will recommend to
the President for the dissolution of the 82-member Assembly,
which is now under suspended animation.

Once the Assembly is dissolved, the process for holding
the polls either in December or early next year, would be
started by the Election Commission, they said. The
President`s rule is to expire on January 18.

While seeking approval of President`s rule in Jharkhand,
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



First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 00:04

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