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Jharkhand brought under President's Rule

January 18, 2013 20:28 IST

The Union Cabinet had Thursday recommended imposition of President's Rule, where Chief Minister Arjun Munda has resigned after his government was reduced to a minority.

The Cabinet discussed the report of Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed who has suggested imposition of President's Rule while keeping the 82-member state Assembly in suspended animation.

The state was placed under President's Rule in 2009 and 2010.

The present political instability erupted on January 8 when BJP's ruling coalition partner JMM, in a letter to the governor, formally withdrew its support to the 28-month-old government pushing it into a minority.

Munda had resigned the next day and sought dissolution of the state assembly.

In the assembly, BJP and Jharkhand Mukti Morha have 18 members each. The Munda government had the support of six members of All Jharkhand Students' Union, two of Janata Dal-United, 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-P11 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.

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