The President Pratibha Patil on Saturday approved dissolution of the Jharkhand Assembly with effect from November 1.

The Union Cabinet had approved the dissolution of the 81-member House on Thursday, clearing the decks for holding of Assembly elections in the state placed under President’s rule in January this year.

Central rule was imposed in the state on January 19 after the then Chief Minister Shibhu Soren lost a by-election and had to resign. Since then, the Assembly had been put under suspended animation. The President’s Rule was to end on January 19 next year.

The Union Cabinet had acted on a recommendation for dissolution of the Assembly sent by state Governor K. Sankaranarayanan to the Home Ministry recently.

In his recommendation, the Governor had said he felt the state was ready for elections.

The state will go to assembly polls in November or December staggered over nearly a month with the first phase of polling scheduled for November 27.