BJP renews demand for bringing Jharkhand under President's rule

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New Delhi, Aug 23 (UNI) Commenting on the political crisis in Jharkhand, the BJP today demanded imposition of the President's rule in the state if the incumbent Madhu Koda government is unable to show its majority in the Assembly on August 25.

BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the present crisis was an offshoot of July 22 trust vote, where the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) was asked to back the Manmohan Singh Government. The JMM now wanted its leader Shibu Soren to be the Chief Minister in return for its five MPs support to the UPA government, he alleged.

It was evidently clear that the Madhu Koda Government was not in a position to show its majority on the floor of the House in the confidence vote on Monday. In such an event the state must be brought under the President's rule and elections be held along with five other states -- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Mizoram, he demanded.

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