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Centre approves President's Rule in Karnataka
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | October 09, 2007 17:52 IST
Last Updated: October 09, 2007 20:41 IST
The Central government on Tuesday decided to impose President's Rule in Karnataka. The state assembly would now be placed under suspended animation.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images], sources said.
"Governor Rameshwar Thakur, in his report, had placed both the facts before the President and recommended imposition of President's rule. The assembly has been kept under suspended animation because that was the only option open to us," Chidambaram told media persons.
The report of the Governor and the Cabinet's approval will now be placed before both Houses of Parliament in the winter session and once it is approved the state assembly can be dissolved.
"But it is up to the President. She may do it earlier if she feels there was enough ground or go through the normal procedure," he clarified.
Thakur had on Monday recommended imposition of President's rule and dissolution of the state assembly soon after Kumaraswamy resigned on being told by the Governor that he did not have the required numbers to win a trial of strength on the floor of the House following withdrawal of support by BJP to his government.