Hold early assembly elections in Jharkhand: BJP



New Delhi: BJP on Thursday demanded early assembly elections in Jharkhand where the government today recommended imposition of President's Rule after accepting the Governor's report.

"We are in favour of elections in Jharkhand. Government should declare elections first," party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

The BJP leader held that formation of a government in the present situation was not possible in Jharkhand now and fresh elections should be held there.

Government today decided to recommend to President Pranab Mukherjee imposition of central rule in Jharkhand where Chief Minister Arjun Munda resigned after his government was reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by JMM.

The Chief Minister had sought dissolution of the assembly after Jharkhand Mukti Morcha withdrew support to his government.

In the assembly, BJP and JMM have 18 members each. The Munda government had the support of six members of All Jharkhand Students' Union, two of JD (U), two independents and one nominated member who has voting right in a trial of strength.

Opposition Congress has a total of 13 members, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha(P)11 and RJD 5 in the assembly. CPI-ML(L), Marxist Coordination Party, Jharkhand Party (Ekka), Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch and Jai Bharat Samta Party have one member each besides an independent.

PTI