New Delhi: Ten days after it plunged into political crisis, Jharkhand was on Friday brought under President’s rule for the third time since its formation 12 years ago.
President Pranab Mukherjee, on a visit to Kolkata, signed the proclamation imposing central rule in the state known for political instability and which has seen eight governments since 2000, Rashtrapati Bhawan officials said.
The Union cabinet had on Thursday recommended imposition of President’s rule.
The cabinet discussed the report of Jharkhand governor Syed Ahmed who had suggested imposition of President’s rule while keeping the 82-member state assembly in suspended animation. The state was previously placed under President’s rule in 2009 and 2010.
Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda had resigned after his government was reduced to a minority following the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrawing support to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ruling coalition, which had been in power for 28 months, on 8 January.
In the assembly, the BJP and the JMM have 18 members each. The Munda government had the support of six members of the All Jharkhand Students’ Union, two from the Janata Dal United, two independents and one nominated member who has voting rights in a trial of strength.
The Opposition Congress has 13 members, the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P) 11, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal five. The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), the Marxist Coordination Party, the Jharkhand Party (Ekka), the Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch and the Jai Bharat Samta Party each have one member, besides there being one independent.