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Munda says dissolve Jharkhand Assembly, fears horse-trading

Press Trust of India
Jan 16, 2013 at 04:34pm IST

Jamshedpur: Justifying his recommendation for dissolution of the Jharkhand Assembly and fresh elections in the state, caretaker Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Wednesday questioned why some political parties were demanding time from the Governor to form an alternative government if they had the numbers.

"We have witnessed political parties are seeking time from the Governor to form an alternative government against the general practice of the Governor allotting time to political parties or alliances staking claim to form the government," Munda told an East Singhbhum district party workers meet in Jamshedpur.

Stating that there was a similar situation after he stepped down as the chief minister in 2006, Munda said he had recommended dissolution of the House after apprehending a similar situation.

Arjun Munda says dissolve Jharkhand Assembly

Arjun Munda on Wednesday questioned why some political parties were demanding time from the Governor.

"There should not be any further delay in dissolving the assembly. Allow the people to elect a popular government," Munda said, adding that delay would only lead to horse-trading.

On claims that his recommendation was unconstitutional, Munda questioned why the Centre was not taking any decision if this was the case. The chief minister said it was irrelevant for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whether it was in power or not, but the party would not compromise on peoples' interests.

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