Jharkhand governor recommends Prez rule

Jharkhand governor recommends Prez rule

Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed has recommended President’s rule in the state, days after Chief Minister Arjun Munda resigned having lost a majority on the floor of the House.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will now take the governor’s report to the Cabinet for approval before forwarding its decision to the President. If that happens, then politically fragile Jharkhand will come under President’s Rule for the third time since  it was carved out of Bihar.

It is learnt that Ahmed, in his second report to the Home Ministry, recommended President’s rule after the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) pulled out from the BJP-led ruling coalition forcing Munda to resign and recommend dissolving of the Assembly on January 8.

President’s rule can continue up to six months after which the state will have to face elections. Though the JMM tried hobnobbing with the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), they failed to arrive at a consensus to form a government.

Ahmed had met political leaders of the Congress, RJD and Left parties before making up his mind despite JMM leaders request to give the regional party more time to get the support of 41 MLAs in the 82-member Assembly.

Apart from JMM’s 18 members, the opposition Congress has 13 MLAs,  Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P) 11 and RJD (5) in the Assembly.

One member each also come from  the CPI-ML (L), Marxist Coordination Party, Jharkhand Party (Ekka), Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch and the Jai Bharat Samta Party besides a lone independent MLA.

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