The Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to forward a recommendation to President Pranab Mukherjee imposing central rule in Jharkhand, where the BJP government led by Arjun Munda was reduced to a minority after ally JMM withdrew support earlier this month.
The decision was taken after a discussion on the report of Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed.
The Governor’s recommendation, made in his second report to the Centre on political situation in Jharkhand, was accepted by the Cabinet and a decision was taken to refer the matter to the President, sources said. Jharkhand, which was created in 2000, has been placed under President’s rule twice.
The present political instablity erupted on January 8 when BJP’s ruling coalition partner JMM, in a letter to the Governor, formally withdrew its support to the 28-month-old government.
In the 82 member Assembly, BJP and JMM have 18 members each. The Munda government had the support of six members of All Jharkhand Students’ Union, two of JD (U), two independents and one nominated member who has voting right in a trial of strength.