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Munda quits, seeks dissolution of Jharkhand Assembly

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Tuesday resigned and recommended dissolution of the 82-member Assembly leaving the situation wide open for the Governor to decide the future course of action.

Earlier in the day, coalition partner JMM, in a letter to Governor Syed Ahmed, formally withdrew its support to the 28-month-old government pushing it into a minority.

“I have submitted the Cabinet’s decision recommending the Governor to dissolve the House along with my resignation,” Munda told reporters here after handing over the letter to Ahmed.

His cabinet colleagues Gopal Krishna Patar of JD(U), Chandraprakash Choudhary of AJSU and several BJP MLAs were present when Munda submitted the letter at Raj Bhavan at 11.45 a.m.

The Governor, he said, would decide on the recommendation for dissolution of the House.

‘Fresh mandate is the alternative’

“I have run the government with stability for the last two years. Dissolution of the House and seeking a fresh mandate is the alternative presently,” he said.

The decision on recommending dissolution of the House was taken at a Cabinet meeting held this morning to prevent any ‘horse trading-like situation’, Munda told PTI before going to Raj Bhavan.

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