JDP urges to impose president's rule in Jharkhand

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Jamshedpur, Mar 16 (UNI) Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) today urged President Pratibha Patil to impose President's rule in Jharkhand as the state was in 'constant break down of constitutional norms.' In a letter to Ms Patil, JDP's Salkhan Murmu said there was no other option but to dismiss the 'inefficent' UPA government led by Madhu Koda as it had violated all constitutional norms over the scheduled tribes issue. The government was also indulging in corruption over the Rajya Sabha elections, he alleged.

Mr Murmu appealed the president to stop the formation of a five-member committee as committed by the Jharkhand assembly speaker to investigate the status of the scheduled tribes in the state.

He said ''the consitution under article 342 empowers only the president and parliament to decide on who are ST in India. Hence, neither the assembly nor its committee can take any decision in this matter.'' The JDP leader also pointed out the reported horse trading over nomination of Rajya Sabha members from Jhakhand and stated that it was a violation of Schedule 10 of the constitution and requested her to ask the election commission to go for an inquiry after postponing RS election for sometime.

Meanwhile, Mr Murmu came down heavily on JMM and termed the party had turned anti-tribal. The JMM's 'real face' was also exposed over the nomination row for election, he added.

In a party where eleven MLAs disobeyed the decision of its president Shibu Soren, its character was evident, he said.

The JDP also took out a unique protest by enacting a funeral procession with 'dead bodies' of 29 tribal MLAs from Jharkhand at Karandih areas here yesterday as a symbiol of their failure to protect the interests of the tribals of the state.

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