Centre mulling holding Jharkhand polls early next year
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 21:25
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

First Published: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 21:25

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