Cabinet to meet Tuesday, may lift Prez Rule in Jharkhand

Last Updated: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 18:45

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet will meet on Tuesday and is likely recommend lifting of President`s Rule in
Jharkhand to pave the way for formation of a new government
there on Wednesday.

The Home Ministry has prepared a note to be placed before
the Cabinet meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, official sources said today.

The Cabinet is likely to recommend to President Pratibha
Patil lifting of the Central rule imposed on January 19 this
year.

Sources said the formality is necessitated following
invitation by Governor K Sankaranaryanan to JMM supremo Shibu
Soren to take oath as Chief Minister on Wednesday.

The Governor today also asked Soren to prove majority in the state Assembly by January 8.

The President has cut short her visit to some southern
states due to unrest in Hyderabad over the formation of
Telangana state and is returning to the national capital
tomorrow.

Rashtrapati Bhavan officials had said the departure of the
President to Hyderabad has been deferred as she would like to
be in Delhi at the time when President`s Rule in Jharkhand is
revoked to facilitate installation of a government in the
state.

85-year-old Soren, who will become chief minister for the
third time, will head a four-party coalition that includes the
BJP. The new Soren government, which is taking the BJP support
for the first time, will be the seventh coalition set-up in
the mineral-rich state since its creation in November 2000.

The JMM-led coalition has a support of 44 MLAs in the
81-member Assembly.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 18:45

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