Jharkhand Assembly may be dissolved for early polls
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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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