Union Cabinet recommends President's rule in Karnataka

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) The Union Cabinet today recommended imposition of President's rule in Karnataka.

The UPA government will approach both Houses of Parliament at the earliest to get the Cabinet decision ratified after its proclamation by the President, and simultaneously seek dissolution of the State Assembly, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters after the Cabinet meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Mr Dasmunsi said the decision to recommend President's rule was taken on the basis of the report of state Governor Rameshwar Thakur.

Citing Supreme Court judgements on the S R Bommai and the Bihar dissolution cases, he said a State Assembly cannot be dissolved without the consent of Parliament, and till then it was to be kept under suspended animation.

Minister Of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chauhan said it was a good decision to end uncertainty in the State.

''We have already told the Governor after October 3 that no stable government could be formed in the State,'' he said.

''The Congress will seek a fresh mandate and provide a stable government,'' he added.

UNI

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