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From the Archives (July 4, 1969): President’s Rule for Bihar

The Internal Affairs Committee of the Union Cabinet, which met briefly after the Prime Minister’s return to New Delhi this evening [July 3] to consider the Bihar situation, has accepted the Governor’s recommendation for the imposition of President’s rule in the State. An official announcement is expected to-morrow. The necessary proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution will be issued from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Union Government has also accepted the Governor’s suggestion that the Bihar Legislature should not be dissolved straightway, but kept under suspension for the time being so that its members could participate in the Presidential election next month. The President of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr. A. P. Sharma, and the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Mr. Harihar Singh, put up a brave fight against the imposition of President’s rule. But they failed to convince the Central leaders that the Congress was in a position to form another coalition Government in the State. The two Bihar leaders were invited to attend the meeting of the Central Parliamentary Board tonight to personally present their case for permission to enter into a new coalition.

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