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President dissolves 14th Lok Sabha; Manmohan resigns

President dissolves 14th Lok Sabha; Manmohan resigns
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First Published: Mon, May 18 2009. 03 06 PM IST
Updated: Mon, May 18 2009. 03 06 PM IST
New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Monday dissolved the 14th Lok Sabha with immediate effect paving the way for constitution of the new House which is expected later this month.
The President signed an order to this effect following a recommendation from the outgoing government.
“The Union Cabinet has recommended to the President to dissolve the 14th Lok Sabha with immediate effect. The President has accepted the recommendations and signed an order dissolviong the 14th Lok Sabha,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.
Earlier, the Union Cabinet adopted a resolution moved by external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is also Leader of the Lok Sabha, for dissolution of the House. It was seconded by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
PM submits resignation
Paving the way for government formation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today submitted the resignation of the Council of Ministers headed by him to President, who asked him to continue till a new ministry is formed.
Soon after the meeting of the Union Cabinet which decided to recommend to the President dissolution of the 14th Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister drove to Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit the resignation of his Council of Ministers to the President.
“The Prime Minister has submitted the resignation to the President who asked him and his Council of Ministers to continue in office till an alternative arrangement is made,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.
The meeting between the President and the Prime Minister lasted for about 35 minutes.
The Council of Ministers also met during which the Prime Minister thanked the allies for their support to the government in the last five years.
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First Published: Mon, May 18 2009. 03 06 PM IST