Centre to dissolve Jharkhand Assembly soon, say sources

New Delhi The government is reportedly set to dissolve the Jharkhand assembly soon to pave the way for polls, sources have told NDTV.

The 82-member assembly has been under suspended animation since the imposition of President's rule on January 18 this year after the Shibu Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrew support from the BJP-led government. Rules mandate for elections to be held within the next since months - July 18.

Sources say that the reported move was a result of the Congress' disinclination for a coalition government in the state.

The dissolution of the assembly may be cleared in the next cabinet meeting, sources have added.

In the current Assembly, the BJP and JMM have 18 members each.

The Arjun Munda-led coalition 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.

The Congress has a total of 13 members, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha(P) 11 and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has five members in the assembly. CPI-ML(L), Marxist Coordination Party, Jharkhand Party (Ekka), Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch and Jai Bharat Samta Party have a member each besides an Independent.

Story First Published: May 03, 2013 18:16 IST

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