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President’s rule in Jharkhand recommended

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New Delhi: The government on January 17 decided to recommend to President Pranab Mukherjee to impose Central rule in Jharkhand, where Chief Minister Arjun Munda has resigned after his government was reduced to a minority.

The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, discussed the report of Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed, who has favored imposition of President’s rule while keeping the 82-member state assembly in suspended animation.

The Cabinet decided to accept the Governor’s recommendation and refer the matter to the President for necessary action, a Minister, who attended the meeting, said.

Jharkhand, which was created in 2000, has been placed under President’s rule twice.