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Prez rule in Jharkhand?

india Updated: Jan 17, 2009 00:53 IST
Subhash Pathak
Subhash Pathak
Hindustan Times
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Governor Syed Sibtey Razi has submitted a report to the Home Ministry on Friday on the political stalemate in Jharkhand, stating that under present circumstances, no political party can form a stable government in Jharkhand.

In its report, the Governor is learnt to have informed the Centre that no political party or their alliance had staked the claim for forming the government in five days since the Shibu Soren-led dispensation resigned.

The report is being as the first step towards the imposition of President's Rule in the state.

Before sending the report, the Governor consulted leader of the various political parties and constitutional experts to find a solution to the political stalemate.

With the BJP on agitation demanding dissolution of the Assembly, and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leaders failing to come out with a consensus candidate for the chief minister, chances for the state being pushed under the Central rule have only got better.

In case of the Central rule, to be promulgated after the Presidential nod, the Assembly might be put under suspension until a political party or coalition came out with the proposal to form the government.

Meanwhile, the Governor's report on the state of political affairs and subsequent constitutional crisis has dealt a serious blow to the JMM and Independent legislators, who were relying on the central leaders to sort out the leadership issue.